After 28 years, the US Senate adopts a gun control law

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In response to an increase in gun violence incidents in the State, the US Senate has enacted a gun control bill for the first time in 28 years, according to the media on Friday.

According to the BBC, the proposal must receive 65 votes in favour and 33 votes against from the upper house of Congress. The legislation must pass the House of Representatives before President Joe Biden can sign it into law.

The new law includes a number of measures, including tougher background checks for customers under the age of 21; USD 15 billion in federal funding for mental health programmes and school security upgrades; and calls for funding to close the infamous “boyfriend loophole” by prohibiting gun sales to those convicted of abusing unmarried intimate partners. The new law also calls for funding to encourage states to implement “red flag” laws to remove firearms from people deemed a threat.

According to a BBC report, the significance of Thursday’s development is highlighted by the fact that Democrats and Republicans have, for the first time in decades, approved proposed gun control equally.

In 1994, the last significant federal gun control measure was adopted, which prohibited the manufacture of assault rifles and high-capacity magazines for civilian use. However, after ten years, it was forgotten.