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U.S. House of Representatives backs tougher gun control

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The House of Representatives of the US Congress passed on Friday a bill to tighten control over the circulation of firearms in the country. 234 people voted for the document, 193 voted against, TASS reports.

Previously, this initiative was approved by the Senate, where it was supported by 65 legislators, and 33 were against. Now the document will go to the signature of US President Joe Biden.

The bill provides grants to states for the temporary seizure of firearms from individuals who, in the opinion of the authorities, pose a threat to others. Persons convicted of domestic violence offenses are prohibited from acquiring firearms for a minimum of five years.

The initiative also requires stricter background checks for buyers under the age of 21, and it would be a federal crime to purchase a firearm on behalf of a person who is prohibited from doing so. The bill also provides for approximately $15 billion in funding for U.S. educational security and mental health care.

Earlier, Biden said that the second amendment to the US Constitution, which guarantees the right to own firearms, is not an absolute, tightening control is needed. The American leader stressed that it is about protecting the freedom of Americans “to go to school, shop or church and not be shot or killed.” Biden called for a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, or to raise the age at which they can buy them. The President also considers it necessary to tighten the rules for the storage of firearms.

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