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US Senate passes landmark gun control bill

The US Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan gun violence bill, Congress’s most ambitious response in decades to curb mass shootings.

After years of effort, 15 Republicans joined Democrats in backing the legislation by a vote of 65 to 33. The measure comes weeks after mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, killed more than 30 people, including 19 children.

The $13billion (£10billion) measure includes tougher background checks for young gun buyers and school safety, mental health and violence prevention schemes. It also calls on states to put in place red flag laws that make it easier for authorities to take guns from people deemed dangerous.

“The families of Uvalde and Buffalo, and too many tragic shootings before, demanded action. And tonight we acted,” Biden said after the passage.

He said the House should get it to him quickly, adding: ‘Children in schools and communities will be safer because of this.’

The bill will now be sent to the House where Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to quickly take it back for authorization. Once passed by the House, President Joe Biden will sign the bill into law.

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