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US senators agree on gun safety bill

US senators on Tuesday agreed to a bipartisan gun safety bill for the first time in decades after horrific shootings have plagued the United States in recent months.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had announced their support for the bill.

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Democratic Senator Chris Murphy said: ‘This bill will save thousands of lives’, adding that it is ‘the most significant gun violence legislation in nearly 30 years’.

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The bill proposes background checks for shoppers under 21, including $11 billion in funding for mental health and $2 billion for school safety programs, but it did not impose a ban selling assault rifles.

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The new law would also aim to get states to implement “red flag” laws to remove guns from people deemed a threat that conservatives have resisted. Bill also seeks crackdown on illegal gun sales

The bill also seeks to close the “boyfriend” loophole that prohibits dating partners convicted of domestic violence from purchasing a gun. The Senate aims to pass the legalization this week, then it will be sent to the House of Representatives which has expressed its willingness to pass the bill.

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