US Senate passes gun safety bill as Supreme Court loosens handgun limits

A bipartisan package of modest gun safety measures passed the US Senate on Thursday night, even as the nation’s Supreme Court vastly expanded gun rights by ruling that Americans have the constitutional right to carry handguns in public for self-defense.

Landmark court ruling and concurrent Senate action on gun safety illustrates deep division over guns in the United States, weeks after mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo , in New York, killed more than 30 people, including 19 children.

The Senate bill, passed 65 to 33, is the first major gun control legislation to pass in three decades, in a country with the highest number of guns per capita in the world. and the highest number of mass shootings per year among rich countries.

“It’s not a panacea for how gun violence affects our nation, but it’s a long overdue step in the right direction,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. , before the vote.

The bill, which supporters say will save lives, is modest — its most significant restriction on gun ownership would tighten background checks on potential gun buyers convicted of domestic violence or serious crimes as minors.

Crosses with the names of victims of Uvalde, Texas school shootings are seen during the "March for our lives" rally
The recent shootings in Uvalde, Texas, as well as Buffalo, New York, have prompted the US president to plead for politicians to take action. (Reuters: Jeenah Moon)

Republicans have refused to compromise on more sweeping gun control measures favored by Democrats, including President Joe Biden, such as banning assault rifles or high-capacity magazines.

In the Senate vote Thursday night, 15 Republicans joined 50 Democrats in voting for the bill.

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