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House passes gun control bill

by Alyssa Jackson
Posted 2/28/19, 12:40 pm

The Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the first of two sweeping gun control bills that would require federal background checks for all firearms sales and transfers. The bill passed 240-190 after eight Republicans voted for it and two Democrats, Reps. Jared Golden of Maine and Collin Peterson of Minnesota, voted against it. The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 is the first major gun control legislation Congress has considered in nearly 25 years.

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A positive step

Legislation | New York rolls back statutes of limitations for child sex abuse, opening the door for accountability
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/30/19, 05:13 pm

A New York moment:

After New York last week passed a law legalizing late-term abortions and removing protections for pregnant women facing violence, the state pivoted to take a positive step on a different issue involving children this week. 

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Florida governor signs gun law

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/09/18, 03:46 pm

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into law Friday new regulations on gun sales and school safety in response to the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The bill raises the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21, extends a three-day waiting period for handgun purchases to include long guns, and bans bump stocks that allow guns to mimic fully automatic fire. It also creates a program to enable teachers and other school employees to carry handguns.

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