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US senators reach a bipartisan deal on Gun control

US senators reach a bipartisan deal on Gun control

 

On Sunday, senators from the two main parties in the US announced that they had reached a deal to limit the number of weapons that can be bought. US President Joe Biden called this a "step in the right direction."


The Associated Press says that the agreement has "limited" restrictions on gun purchases and more school safety and mental health programs, but it doesn't go as far as what Biden and many other Democrats wanted.


However, if this agreement is made into a formal document, it will be a "turnaround" after years of gridlock in Congress over the issue.


Congressional leaders are hoping to pass legislation soon, possibly this month.


Biden thanked members of Congress in a statement for their "tireless work to bring this proposal forward," saying it "clearly does not meet everything that is necessary, but it reflects important steps in the right direction and will be the most important gun legislation passed by Congress in decades."


He said that now that everyone had reached an agreement, "there are no excuses for delay and no reason to stop it from moving quickly through the Senate and the House of Representatives."


"Every day, more children are killed, and the sooner it gets to my office, the sooner I sign it, and the sooner we can put these steps in place to save lives," he said.

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