The US Senate late Thursday night approved the bipartisan bill to strengthen gun controldeveloped after the Buffalo and Uvalde killings last month.
This vote of senators came as the US Supreme Court ruled for the first time on Thursday that the US Constitution protects the individual right to carry handguns in public places for the purpose of self-defense.
The bill won 65 to 33 votes, becoming the most significant anti-gun violence legislation to be approved in decades. “This legislation will help protect Americans. Children will be safer thanks to it“, said US President Joe Biden after the vote. “The House of Representatives should quickly pass this bipartisan law and send it to me.“
Still less ambitious
However, the text is less ambitious than expected, its main provisions aiming to strengthen background checks on people wishing to purchase firearms.
The text was approved by 15 Republicans and 50 Democrats. It will be considered in the House of Representatives on Friday, and a vote will come as soon as possible, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement.