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US Senate passes law restricting access to firearms


The US Senate has passed a bill backed by elected officials from both major parties that is supposed to tackle the wave of gun violence plaguing the United States, with restrictions on access to firearms and billions of dollars to fund mental health and safety in schools.

The project, adopted by 65 votes against 33 in the upper house and which has every chance of being validated in the House of Representatives on Friday, remains far below the measures demanded by President Joe Biden, but it nevertheless constitutes a first. for decades and a step forward for proponents of limiting individual firearms.

This vote comes just hours after the United States Supreme Court – whose majority of judges are conservatives – invalidated the “restrictions” on the carrying of weapons provided for by a New York State law.

Since 1913, this law has limited the issuance of concealed weapons permits to people who have reason to believe that they may have to defend themselves, for example because of their profession or threats against them.

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The decision by America’s highest court was announced as the United States grapples with a spike in crime in major cities and a series of mass killings, including two in May, in Buffalo (10 African-American dead) and in a school in Texas (21 killed, including 19 children).

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