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US House passes major gun control law

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The US House of Representatives has approved a bill expanding background checks for all gun sales, including those at gun shows and on the internet. The legislation is the most significant gun control measure to make progress in Congress in more than two decades. The Democratic-controlled House passed it by 240 votes to 190. The bill is unlikely to be approved in the Senate, where Republicans have a majority. President Donald Trump would also need to sign it for it to become law, writes BBC.

The White House said on Tuesday Mr Trump’s advisers would recommend that he veto the bill¬†as it would apply “burdensome requirements” that were “incompatible with the Second Amendment’s guarantee of an individual right to keep arms”.

The Bipartisan Background Check Act seeks to close loopholes that allow people to buy guns without being subjected to a federal background check – under current law, private purchases are excluded from those checks.

“This bill delivers that change: ensuring that people who are a danger to themselves and others cannot purchase a gun and perpetuate violence in our communities,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.

But Representative Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee where the bill originated, said the legislation was ineffective because it “foolishly presumes criminals who flout existing laws will suddenly submit themselves to background checks.”

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