US Congress inches forward with gun violence measure | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, March 16, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, March 16, 2018

US Congress inches forward with gun violence measure

As thousands of students protested Wednesday demanding action from Congress on firearms curbs, US lawmakers took their first major step to address gun violence since a deadly shooting at a Florida high school one month ago.

The legislature has yet to tackle the more controversial aspects of gun control in the aftermath of the shooting at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, namely the restriction of certain weapons, age limits for purchases, or the expansion of background checks.

But the House of Representatives did vote overwhelmingly Wednesday to fund violence prevention measures at the nation's schools including boosting school security and creating anonymous reporting systems for students.

The STOP School Violence Act was introduced by Republican congressman John Rutherford, a former sheriff of Jacksonville, Florida, and co-sponsored by House Democrat Ted Deutch, who represents the district that includes Parkland.

It passed by 407 to 10. A similar bill has been introduced in the Senate.

The White House said President Donald Trump "applauded" House lawmakers for taking "an important step towards keeping American students safe."

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