The U.S. House overwhelmingly passed a school safety measure on the same day that students cleared their classrooms to honor the 17 victims of the Parkland school shooting. The bill helps schools increase security in hopes of stopping violence and will now go to the Senate.
The House of Representatives on Wednesday afternoon overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill to prevent gun violence in schools, though Republican leaders of the GOP-controlled chamber made clear earlier in the day that they have no plans to impose any gun bans.
The unofficial vote on the STOP School Violence Act was 407 to 10.
“We believe the best way is to focus on stopping people who should not be getting any guns from getting guns in the first place,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said ahead of the vote and as students across the county emptied their classrooms to protest gun violence.
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