House Passes First Major Gun Control Bill In Decades

NPR reports:

The House passed what advocates call the most significant gun control measure in more than two decades on Wednesday when it approved the first of two bills aimed at strengthening the federal background check system for firearms purchases.

The bill will likely stop in the House, though, as the Senate is unlikely to take up the measure and, even if it does, the president likely would not sign it. The vote on the first bill dubbed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 passed largely along party lines 240 to 190.

A second bill lengthens the number of days a firearm dealer must wait for federal background checks to be completed. Currently, the wait time is three business days. The bill, which is expected to be taken up Thursday, would extend it to 10 business days.