US House Passes Two Gun Control Bills

US House Passes Two Gun Control Bills

Washington: The US House on Thursday passed a bill that would add new background check requirements for gun transfers between private parties and extend the background period.
The first bill, the Bipartisan Background Check Act, passed with 227-203 votes, with eight Republicans supporting the measure and a Democrat party breaking the party’s rank to oppose it, reports Xinhua.
The bill requires “a licensed gun dealer, manufacturer or importer” to first take possession of the gun while a background check is being carried out, sending a loophole in current law where without Licensed and private sellers are not required to perform gun background checks. Transfer. However, it offered an exemption for guns transferred as a gift between the couple.
While supporters of the bill hailed it as a necessary step to prevent firearms from falling into the wrong hands and reduce gun violence, critics blast it as a violation of Second Amendment rights and call for violent shooting incidents Little done to stop.
The second bill, the Enhanced Background Check Act, passed by 219–210 votes with two Republican voting, yes and two Democrats voting no. This will extend the review period in which a background check can be done for the current three days to 10 days before purchasing a firearm.
The Joe Biden administration supported both bills, hoping to face a tough fight in the Senate where they cannot reach the 60-vote threshold to pass.
Shortly before the passage of the bills in the House, Senate Democrats vowed to take swift action with Senator Richard Blumentel, hoping that the chamber would take “legislation” soon.

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