US Senate approves a bipartisan bill on gun safety

US Senate passes bill to combat gun violence in the United States . First major piece of federal gun reform in nearly 30 years .

By Reena BhardwajWashington, June 24: The US Senate passed a bipartisan bill to combat gun violence in the United States on Thursday night, marking the first major piece of federal gun reform in nearly 30 years, a major bipartisan leap on one of the country's most contentious policy issues.The bill will now go to the House for vote, and it could be ready by Friday before being signed into law.The bill comes with a USD 13.2 billion price tag, and it includes millions of dollars for mental health, school safety, crisis response programs, and incentives for states to include juvenile records in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which was struck down by the Supreme Court on the same day as the Supreme Court over a New York gun law prohibiting the possession of concealed weapons in public.More than 45,000 Americans died from firearms-related accidents in 2020, including homicides and suicides.This step comes at a time when there has been increased support for gun control in the United States, following a string of high-profile school massacres, including the May 24 shooting in Uvalde, Texas, which killed 19 students and two teachers, a day after another shooting in Buffalo killed ten people.