US Gun Control: Senate Advances First Significant Gun Legislation in Decades
The two mass shootings in the US recently left everyone in the range of anger and therefore the public demand was to restrict chronic gun violence. The first step toward US gun control is done as the US senate passes the first gun legislation in almost a decade.
Votes were made by the Senators to speed up the passing of a bipartisan bill which means that the bill could be signed into law in the coming weeks.
However, the bill proposals fall short of what many activists and the Democrats have been demanding after the mass shootings held in the US.
The bipartisan bill calls for backing the state to encourage implementation of “red flag” laws to eliminate guns from people who are considered a threat to society. The bill also includes $15bn to introduce mental health programs and school security upgrades.
After the mass shootings committed by the teenagers at the Texas elementary school and a New York grocery store, the legislation would let states give juvenile record details to the national background check system for any gun purchases.
The bill also asks for the age limit for purchasing automatic assault weapons to rise from 18 years to 21years. In both the mass shooting cases held in Texas and New York, the shooters were said to be in the age group of 17-18 years old. The shooters themselves purchased what they used for shooting.