A first for decades. The US Senate on Thursday passed a bill supported by elected officials from both main parties that is supposed to fight the wave of armed violence that is raging in the United States. It includes restrictions on access to guns and billions of dollars to fund mental health and school safety.
The project, adopted by 65 votes against 33 in the upper house and which has every chance of being validated in the House of Representatives on Friday, remains far below the measures demanded by President Joe Biden, but it nevertheless constitutes a advance for supporters of the limitation of individual firearms.
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This vote comes just a few hours after the invalidation by the Supreme Court of the United States – whose majority of judges are conservative – of the “restrictions” on the carrying of weapons provided for by a law of the State of New York. Since 1913, this law has limited the issuance of concealed weapons permits to people who have reason to believe that they may have to defend themselves, for example because of their profession or threats against them.
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This decision of the highest American court was announced while the United States is confronted with an outbreak of crime in large cities and a frightening series of killings with many victims, including two in May, in Buffalo (10 dead African Americans) and at a school in Texas (21 killed, including 19 children).