Gun Control Bill Moves Forward In Wake Of Tech Shootings

June 13, 2007

The House of Representatives have passed what could be the first major federal gun control law in the past decade. The bill, inspired by the tragic Virginia Tech shootings, was created with the help of the National Rifle Association.

It would stop gun purchases by people who are prohibited from possessing firearms by improving state reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System preventing criminals and those deemed mentally defective from gaining access to guns.

Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 Virginia Tech students and faculty members in April before committing suicide. He had been ordered to undergo outpatient mental health treatment and should have been prevented from buying two guns he used in the rampage, but the state of Virginia never forwarded this information to the National Background Check System.

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