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House Passes Gun Bill But Focus Is on Negotiations in Senate

  • Democratic package in House opposed by Republicans in Congress
  • Bipartisan Senate group is trying to find a compromise on guns
The US Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The US Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

The House passed a package of gun legislation Wednesday, a mostly symbolic action that ultimately will be set aside for whatever compromise plan emerges from bipartisan negotiations in the Senate.

The bill passed Wednesday includes several proposals that would raise the minimum age to purchase many semiautomatic rifles to 21 from 18, restrict sales of large-capacity ammunition magazines and set federal standards for the safe storage of firearms, among other provisions. The vote was 223-204, with five Republicans voting for the bill and two Democrats opposing it.