USA: The Senate has voted in favor of slightly stricter gun laws

Status: 24.06.2022 05:23

The U.S. Senate has approved a compromise between Democrats and Republicans for slightly stricter federal gun control laws. The vote in the House of Representatives is still pending.

For the first time in about 30 years, US gun laws could have been tightened at least a little. In the Senate, a majority of MPs voted for slightly stricter regulations at the federal level.

The first slight tightening of US gun laws in 30 years

Morgenmagazin, June 24, 2022

For tightening, 65 members of the second chamber of the US Congress voted in favor, 33 voted against. In addition to 50 senators from President Joe Biden’s Democrats, 15 opposition Republican senators also voted in favor of the stricter regulation. Democrats and Republicans have already agreed on a compromise that has now been approved in mid-June, especially in light of two serious massacres in May that have again criticized existing arms laws.

More detailed inspection when buying a weapon

The compromise stipulates that people under the age of 21 who want to buy a gun in the United States will be more strictly controlled – for example, for possible criminal records. In addition, the new law provides financial incentives for states if they introduce regulations that facilitate the seizure of weapons, at least temporarily, on potential criminals.

The bill also includes billions of dollars in investments to improve the safety of schools and mental health services nationwide.

After the Senate, the Chamber of Deputies must now agree to a stricter arms law before it can officially enter into force with Biden’s signature. Democrats originally wanted to impose much stricter regulations, but failed because of Republican opposition.

The shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde have provoked new criticism

The reason for at least a minor reform of the gun law was a shootout in the metropolis of Buffalo, in which an 18-year-old man killed ten people in front of a supermarket in mid-May and wounded three others. Most of the victims were African Americans.

About a week and a half later, gunfire broke out at Robb Elementary School in the small town of Uvalde, Texas. Again, the shooters were 18 years old. He shot 19 children and two teachers.

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Reinhard Baumgarten, ARD Washington, June 24, 2022 6:29

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