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House passes sweeping gun control bill amid series of mass shootings

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The House passes gun control bill in 234-193 vote with 14 Republicans crossing party lines

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The House of Representatives on Friday passed the most sweeping gun control bill in nearly 30 years in a 234 -193 vote as Congress responds to gun violence across the nation.

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The bill, which will now head to the president’s desk, passed the Senate with a 65-33 vote late Thursday night.

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Ten Senate Republicans and 10 Senate Democrats began negotiations on the legislation after two mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas left dozens dead last month within a week of each other.

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The legislation, which President Biden has already signaled he would immediately sign into law, encourages states to pass red flag laws and expand background checks for 18- to 21-year-olds.

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The new soon-to-be law will create incentives for states to release previously sealed juvenile records and could potentially add several days to the waiting period before a gun purchase can be made.

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The bill also called for a close to the "boyfriend loophole" that Democrats have been demanding for years by preventing dating partners from obtaining weapons if they are convicted of abuse.

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Though the bill is the first gun control measure to pass through Congress in decades, its provisions may not have been enough to stop the previous two mass shootings in Texas or New York.