SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s state budget includes $5 million for a gun violence research center at the University of California.

The Assembly and Senate approved the research funding Thursday as part of several pieces of budget-related legislation.

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Gun-violence researchers have long complained that funding is hard to find since Congress in 1996 prohibited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from paying for gun research.

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Democratic Sen. Lois Wolk of Davis says violent acts including the weekend mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida has left people searching for answers. She says scientific data and methods can help provide them.

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Gun-rights advocates were opposed, saying the research would be used to bolster more gun control laws.