The Home of Representatives handed the Regulation on Arms Management, New Divisions or Victory at Biden’s Desk
The House of Representatives voted 234 to 193 for the law, a day after the Supreme Court’s decision widely expanded gun rights.
No Democrat was against, while 14 Republicans supported the measure.
It was backed by major law enforcement groups and its adoption was a rare defeat for U.S. arms manufacturers and the National Arms Association (NRA).
The House of Representatives action followed a Senate vote late Thursday, where the law was passed with 65 votes in favor and 33 against, with the support of 15 Republicans, including Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell.
Arms control has long been the subject of divisions in the United States, and multiple attempts to introduce new arms sales controls have failed until that decision.
The passage of the law, which some Democrats described as a modest first step, followed mass killings last month at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
Pelosi: A strong step
“The legislation … includes several strong steps to save lives, not only from horrific mass shootings, but also from the daily massacre of armed crimes, suicides and tragic accidents,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said during the debate.
Noting that the weapon has become the leading “child killer in America”, Pelosi pointed out that the Congress must now go further and legally bring more changes in terms of checking the past of the sale of weapons and restrictions on “high-capacity weapons”.
The bill takes some steps to verify the past by providing access, for the first time, to information on crimes committed by juveniles.
It also suppresses the sale of weapons to buyers convicted of domestic violence and provides new federal funding to states that enforce “red flag” laws aimed at removing weapons from people who consider themselves dangerous to themselves and others.
Brady’s arms control group described it as “the strongest law on the prevention of armed violence in the last 30 years” and stated that “100 people were killed with weapons every day” in America. Many of those deaths, they say, are the result of suicide.
“Today, they (Democrats) are coming after the freedom of American citizens from the Second Amendment who respect the law,” said Representative Jim Jordan, a Republican in the House Judiciary Committee, referring to the constitutional right to “hold and carry weapons” that conservatives claim should. to be widely protected.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court lifted the restrictions of the state of New York on carrying a gun outside the house. The court found that the law, passed in 1913, was unconstitutional.
That ruling and the gun security law illustrate the deep division around firearms in the United States.
The NRA, the country’s most powerful arms lobby, has declared the court ruling a “monumental victory” for U.S. gun owners.
On Friday, the Association attacked a bill passed by Congress, calling it a “meaningless” gun control measure that “will only violate the rights of those who respect the law.”
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