Four months after the death of 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut, US senate on Thursday voted to bring a bill tighten gun control laws.
The bill will likely extend background checks, make school security systems better and seek stringent penalties for people buying guns for those not authorized to use them. Few speak now about them — of automatics and magazines — because of aggressive pushback from the powerful pro-gun National Rifles Association.
And universal background checking has been whittled down to extended background checks — covering sales on internet and guns shows. But not universal. The Senate move comes after a deal struck by prominent gun-owning senators, rated highly by the NRA, conceding the need for extended checks.