Global gun control at a glance: How the world handles mass shootings
Joe Biden signs landmark gun control bill into law
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On June 25, US President Joe Biden signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act into law, gun-safety legislation which he called the most significant of its kind in decades. Though it isn't as big a reform as some had hoped, the bill restricts firearms access for the youngest buyers and offers incentives for states to set up "red flag" laws. It will also put aside federal funding for mental health programs and school security upgrades, and close the so-called "boyfriend loophole" by banning those convicted of domestic abuse from owning a gun, not just those who are married to their victims or live with them, BBC reports. The National Rifle Association opposed the bill, but it was the first time in decades that the reforms received support from both Democrats and Republicans.
More than 200 mass shootings occurred in the US in the first half of 2022, including the devastating supermarket shooting in Buffalo and the Uvalde school shooting which together left 31 people dead. Now is as good a time as any to look not only inwards but also outwards to the other countries of the world, to see what their regulations look like, and how they reflect in the safety of their populations.
Read on to learn more about gun policies, mass shootings, and their relationships in countries around the world.
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