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House Passes Major Gun Control Measure

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Published on February 28, 2019 - Duration: 01:06s

House Passes Major Gun Control Measure

That bill would require universal background checks and help close the so-called "gun show loophole."

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House Passes Major Gun Control Measure

The House of Representatives started to vote on major gun control legislation for the first time in decades.

The Democrat-controlled lower chamber passed the first of two measures that would strengthen background checks for all firearm sales.  The House voted 240-190 in favor of the  Bipartisan Background Checks Act  on Wednesday.

That bill would require universal background checks and close a loophole for people who want to buy guns online and at gun shows.

It would also restrict the transfer of guns by people who aren't licensed dealers.  Of course, there would be some exceptions to that rule, like if a spouse or domestic partner wants to give their significant other a firearm as a gift.  On Thursday, the lower chamber is set to vote on the  Enhanced Background Checks Act .

That piece of legislation would boost the background check review period from three business days to 10.   If both measures pass the House, they'll head to the Republican-led Senate, where they're likely to fail.

One  Republican senator  said that the upper chamber won't take up the bills. 

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