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Gun control Bill clears first hurdle in US Senate

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Site of Texas school shooting to be demolished
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US: The US Senate has taken a first step towards passing what has been called the most significant new gun controls in a generation.

Senators voted to speed up the passage of the bipartisan bill, meaning it could be signed into law next week.

Although significant, the proposals fall far short of what many Democrats and activists have called for in the wake of a spate of mass shootings.

The measures include tougher background checks for buyers younger than 21. The Bill calls for funding to encourage states to implement “red flag” laws to remove firearms from people considered a threat. The act also includes US$15bn (£12.2bn) in federal funding for mental health programmes and school security upgrades.

It is the first time in decades that proposed gun safety legislation has received this level of support from both Republican and Democratic Party Senators.

Tuesday evening’s vote passed 64 to 34 in less than two hours after the final text was circulated.

It still needs to be passed by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives before making its way to President Joe Biden’s desk.

Meanwhile, the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas – where a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers – will be demolished, the city’s mayor has said.

Don McLaughlin made the claim on Tuesday at a tense and emotional council meeting with residents demanding answers over the shooting. He did not say when the school would be demolished. Robb Elementary has nearly 600 students in the second, third and fourth grades. – BBC NEWS

 

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