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US passes gun control bill; imposes tougher checks on young buyers

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Washington: The US Congress has passed a gun control bill, which is being considered the most significant firearms legislation in nearly 30 years.

It imposes tougher checks on young buyers and encourages states to remove guns from people considered a threat. The measures enjoyed bipartisan support, with 14 Republicans joining Democrats in the House to approve the bill by 234 to 193 votes.

Earlier, the bill also passed in the Senate, with 15 Republican Senators voting alongside their Democratic colleagues in favour of the bill. It ultimately passed in a late-night 65-33 vote. The bill is now headed to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.

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