Democrat-led House passes gun-control bill to expand background checks

Eight House Republicans voted in favor of the measure, with one Democrat voting against.

Updated: March 11, 2021 - 3:39pm

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The Democrat-controlled House passed a measure Thursday intended to strengthen background checks on firearm sales and transfers.

The Background Checks Act prohibits firearm transfers between private individuals without first having a background check. Eight House Republicans voted in favor of the measure. One Democrat voted against the bill, according to an unofficial tally.

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