The U.S. Senate approved a bipartisan gun control bill Thursday night, the most comprehensive gun reform bill passed by federal lawmakers in nearly three decades.
The $13 billion measure was approved by a 65-33 vote, with enough Republican support to avoid a filibuster that killed 15 people after the recent shooting at the Uwald Elementary School in Texas and the rampage at a Buffalo grocery store. Such a scenario would have been unthinkable until Republican senators compromised on a bill.
The measure strengthens background checks for gun buyers under the age of 21 and provides financial incentives for states to enact red flag laws to keep weapons from falling into the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.
The bill is likely to face strong Republican opposition in the House.
“Our children in schools and communities will be safer because of this legislation. I am calling on Congress to get this done and get this bill to my desk,” said President Joe Biden.
with AP cable