House Passes Bill to Toughen Background Checks for Gun Buyers

HeadlineFeb 28, 2019

Back on Capitol Hill, the House of Representatives approved a bill Wednesday that would expand a federal system of background checks on firearms purchases. The bill passed on a vote of 240 to 190 with the support of just eight Republicans. The House is poised to vote on a second bill today that would extend the review period for background checks from three days to 10. The bills are the first major pieces of gun control legislation to advance on Capitol Hill since before the Sandy Hook school massacre in 2012, but they appear unlikely to advance in the Republican-controlled Senate, and the White House has signaled it would veto the bills.

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