House passes ‘unthinkable’ NRA-backed bill lifting local gun restrictions

Former congresswoman Gabby Giffors attacks the bill, which passed by 231 to 197, removes states’ power to control who can carry concealed, loaded handguns

On the day of an annual vigil in Washington DC that honors the victims of American gun violence, congressional Republicans passed a Trump-endorsed bill that would eviscerate local gun restrictions, removing states’ power to control who is allowed to carry a concealed, loaded handgun in their streets.

The bill passed the House of Representatives by a margin of 231-197. Fourteen Republicans voted against while six Democrats voted for it.

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