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The United States Senate passed a bipartisan gun control bill on Thursday, the first major federal gun safety legislation in decades.

It comes following mass shootings in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York City, and in a school in Uvalde, Texas.

This is the first time in decades that the Republicans and Democrats have both agreed to vote in favor of stronger gun control. The bill will now move to the House of Representatives, where Democrats have a majority, before going to President Joe Biden to sign.

The bill went ahead with the support of all 50 Democratic senators, joined by 15 Republicans – including Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell – while 33 other conservatives voted against it.

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