The U.S. Senate on Thursday night approved a bipartisan gun control bill, the most comprehensive gun reform legislation passed by federal lawmakers in nearly three decades.
The $13 billion measure was approved 65-33 and received enough Republican support to avert a filibuster, a scenario unthinkable before the recent elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and the Buffalo grocery store ransack. pushed 15 GOP senators to compromise on a bill.
The measure strengthens background checks on gun buyers under 21 and provides financial incentives for states to enact red flag laws that would prevent felons and the mentally ill from having guns in the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.
The bill is expected to face stronger Republican opposition in the House.
“Our children in schools and our communities will be safer thanks to this legislation. I call on Congress to finish the job and bring this bill to my desk,” President Joe Biden said.
With AP wires
New York Post