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Senate Passes $13 Billion Bipartisan Gun Violence Bill

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Ellise Shafer The Senate has approved a bipartisan gun violence bill in the wake of several mass shootings across the U.S., including one at an Uvalde, Texas elementary school that left 19 children and two teachers dead.According to the Associated Press, the bill was passed by the Senate on Thursday evening with a 65-33 vote and now heads to the House of Representatives for approval.

If passed through the House, the $13 billion bill would make background checks stricter for young gun buyers, help to restrict domestic violence offenders from purchasing guns, enact red flag laws to smooth the process of seizing firearms from dangerous people and fund programs for mental health and school safety across the nation.

Fifteen Republicans joined all 50 Senate Democrats in voting “yes” for the bill, which is the first major federal gun violence legislation in decades.

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