The US House of Representatives, spurred by a series of horrific mass shootings, passed a bill on Friday that would ban assault weapons for the first time in decades. The legislation was approved by a 217 to 213 vote in the Democratic-majority House and now goes to the Senate – where it is likely doomed to fail. Photo: AP
The US House of Representatives, spurred by a series of horrific mass shootings, passed a bill on Friday that would ban assault weapons for the first time in decades. The legislation was approved by a 217 to 213 vote in the Democratic-majority House and now goes to the Senate – where it is likely doomed to fail. Photo: AP

US House passes assault rifle ban, but bill likely doomed to fail in Senate

  • Gun reform remains deeply divisive in the United States with only two Republicans joining Democrats to back the assault weapons ban in the House
  • Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the latest bill a ‘crucial step in our ongoing fight against the deadly epidemic of gun violence in our nation’

The US House of Representatives, spurred by a series of horrific mass shootings, passed a bill on Friday that would ban assault weapons for the first time in decades. The legislation was approved by a 217 to 213 vote in the Democratic-majority House and now goes to the Senate – where it is likely doomed to fail. Photo: AP
The US House of Representatives, spurred by a series of horrific mass shootings, passed a bill on Friday that would ban assault weapons for the first time in decades. The legislation was approved by a 217 to 213 vote in the Democratic-majority House and now goes to the Senate – where it is likely doomed to fail. Photo: AP
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