Amid the rising cases of mass shootings across the United States, the House of Representatives revisited the possibility of amending incumbent gun law and putting stricter guidelines.
The US House of Representatives has passed a bill expanding background checks for all gun sales, including those at gun shows and on the internet.
The legislation is the most significant gun control measure to make progress in Congress in more than two decades.
The Democratic-controlled House passed it by 240 votes to 190.
However, the bill is unlikely to be approved in the Senate, where Republicans have a majority.
President Donald Trump would also need to sign it for it to become law.
According to White House some advisers of President Trump asked the leader to veto the bill as it would apply “burdensome requirements” that were “incompatible with the Second Amendment’s guarantee of an individual right to keep arms”.
The Bipartisan Background Check Act seeks to close loopholes that allow people to buy guns without being subjected to a federal background check – under current law, private purchases are excluded from those checks.
“This bill delivers that change: ensuring that people who are a danger to themselves and others cannot purchase a gun and perpetuate violence in our communities,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.
Republicans added a provision requiring the FBI to alert Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) if an undocumented immigrant tries to buy a gun.
On Thursday, the House is expected to pass a separate bill that would extend the time the FBI takes to conduct a check before a gun sale, from three to 10 business days.