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Everytown for Gun Safety

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 carried the legislation across the finish line.

Ohio Public Radio

State lawmakers are considering a bill allowing people to carry concealed weapons into gun-free zones without being criminally liable.

A gun-control group backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg says it is not supporting a call by Democratic U.S. Senate candidate P.G. Sittenfeld asking voters to restore control over state gun laws to cities.

City of Columbus

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he plans to spend 50 million dollars this year to form a group that will push to get 1 million gun-control supporters to the polls.