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House Passes Sweeping Bill : NPR

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U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (left), D-Calif., joined by shooting survivor and former Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona, holds a news conference about his proposed gun background check legislation, on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

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U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (left), D-Calif., joined by shooting survivor and former Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona, holds a news conference about his proposed gun background check legislation, on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Updated at 6:35 p.m. ET

The House passed what advocates call the most significant gun control measure in more than two decades on Wednesday when it approved the first of two bills aimed at broadening the federal background check system for firearms purchases.

The vote on the first bill, dubbed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, passed largely along party lines 240 to 190 with Democrats who control the House cheering as they

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