Tuesday, July 5th, 2022

The Senate approved the landmark gun violence bill, next to pass the House

(NewsNation) – U.S. Senators passed bipartisan gun law Thursday night, in a move to show the country it is ready to act immediately after the Buffalo and Uvalde shootings.

The Senate passed the bill 65-33, getting the 60 votes needed by the equally divided body. It will move to the House.

Senators reached a bipartisan agreement on the 80-page gun bill earlier this week, voting 64-34 to push the bill. Thursday’s procedural vote will prevent a filibuster of possible legal obstruction from moving into the House.

The legislation would strengthen background checks for minors who buy firearms, require more dealers to conduct background checks, and increase penalties for gun smugglers. It will also provide money to states and communities to improve school safety and mental health initiatives.

The legislation will also prevent people convicted of domestic abuse, but not married to their partners, from owning a firearm.

Aides told The Associated Press that the move would cost $ 15 billion.

U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) issued the following statement:

This Senate has just achieved what it hasn’t done in decades-passing bipartisan legislation that makes our country much safer from gun violence. To be clear: this bill isn’t all I want, but it’s a meaningful bipartisan compromise that will help reduce shootings and expand mental health care.

Now that the Senate has passed this bill, I urge the House of Representatives to pass it quickly so that this law can be passed in the country and help save lives.

Thoughts and prayers and actions. To all families across America mourning the loss of a gun victim, this bill offers more than sympathy — it offers hope. Let us make this the beginning, not the end, of this life -saving bipartisan dialogue.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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