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House Passes 2 Major Gun Control Measures

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Published on March 1, 2019 - Duration: 00:58s

House Passes 2 Major Gun Control Measures

The Democratic-controlled lower chamber passed two major gun control bills that would strengthen background checks for all firearms sales.

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House Passes 2 Major Gun Control Measures

Two major pieces of gun control legislation have passed through the House of Representatives for the first time in decades.

On Thursday, the Democratic lower chamber voted 228-198 in favor of the  Enhanced Background Checks Act .

That piece of legislation would boost the background check review period from three business days to 10.

On Wednesday, the House approved the  Bipartisan Background Checks Act  by a vote of 240-190.

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.  Now that both measures passed in 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.

The White House has  threatened to veto  the measures.  Additional reporting from  Newsy affiliate CNN .

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