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Congress passes ‘Red Flag’ gun control bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- A bill supporters say will help keep guns out of the hands of potentially dangerous individuals passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday 234-193.

14 Republicans crossed the aisle to vote in favor of the bill.

The bill came on the heels of the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas in which 21 people including small children were killed by a gunman.

The measure will boost funding for school security and mental health services, expand background checks for gun buyers under the age 21 and provide funding to states in order to craft ‘red flag laws.’

Florida’s red flag law allows local police to petition a judge to bar an individual who poses “significant danger” to themselves or others to be barred from possessing a gun for up to a year.

It will also restrict people convicted of domestic abuse from obtaining a gun.

President Joe Biden is expected to sign the measure into law.