Senate pushes bill with first major gun safety law change in a generation

Senate made meaningful progress on Tuesday First major federal gun safety law in one generation.

procedurally, Legislation There are still many hurdles to overcome in the Senate – it faces two more significant votes to break a filibuster And then for final passage — but it has the backing of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Tuesday’s vote attracted more than the minimum 10 Republican votes that would be needed to pull off a filibuster. It could pass the Senate by the end of the week, and then go to the House, said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

If passed, it would amount to the most significant new federal law to address gun violence since the 10-year assault weapons ban of 1994 – though it fails to ban any weapons And the Democrats and the polls have little to do with what most Americans want. Look

“As the author of the Brady Background Check Bill, which passed in 1994, I am pleased that for the first time in nearly 30 years, Congress is back on its way to taking meaningful action to address gun violence,” Schumer said. Said Tuesday night. ,

The bill includes millions of dollars for mental health, school safety, crisis intervention programs and incentives for states to include juvenile records in the national accelerated criminal background check system.

It also changes the process significantly when someone between the ages of 18 and 21 goes to buy a firearm and turns it off. so called lover loopholeA huge victory for the Democrats, who fought for it for a decade.

The release of the text of the bill comes days after lawmakers held out on several sticking points, raising questions about whether the effort would fail. Lawmakers must now race the clock before the Senate leaves for the Fourth of July recess in an effort to get the bill passed by the House.

Schumer on Tuesday evening praised bipartisan negotiators and said the bill “represents progress and will save lives.”

“While it is not everything we want, this legislation is urgently needed,” the New York Democrat added in remarks on the Senate floor.

Bill – Titled the Bipartisan Safe Communities Act – Republican Sens of Texas. John Cornyn and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, and Democratic Sens. It was released by Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Kirsten Cinema of Arizona.

Along with McConnell, Tillis and Cornyn, the GOP senators who voted to advance the legislation on Tuesday according to the Senate Press Gallery were: Joni Ernst of Iowa, Todd Young of Indiana, Shelley Moore of West Virginia, Lisa of Capito, Alaska. Murkowski, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Rob Portman of Ohio and Mitt Romney of Utah. McConnell, Ernst and Capito, who are in the GOP leadership, as well as Murkowski and Young, were not part of the 10 Republicans who initially signed up for support. gun security framework,

what’s in the bill

here’s the breakdown what’s in the law,

  • $750 million to help states implement and run crisis intervention programs. Can be used to implement and manage money red flag programs and for other crisis intervention programs such as mental health courts, drug courts and veteran courts. Whether this money could be used for things other than Red Flag laws was a primary sticking point. Republicans were able to secure funding for states that do not have red flag legislation but have other crisis intervention programs.
  • Closing the so-called lover loophole. The law closes a year-old loophole in domestic violence law, which prohibited individuals who were convicted of domestic violence offenses against married partners, or with whom they shared children or partners with whom they shared children or partners. Together they had cohabited by possessing guns. The old statutes did not include intimate partners who could not live together, be married, or share children. Now, the law is guilty of a domestic violence offense against someone who has a “continued serious relationship of a romantic or intimate nature” by possessing a gun. The law is not retroactive. However, it would allow people convicted of domestic violence offenses to have their gun rights reinstated after five years if they have not committed other crimes. This is a significant concession for Republicans.
  • More gun sellers are required to register as federally licensed firearm dealers. The bill goes after individuals who sell guns as their primary source of income but avoid registering as federally licensed firearms dealers in the first place. This is important because federally licensed dealers are required to conduct a background check before selling a gun to anyone.
  • More in-depth reviews of people aged 18-21 who want to buy guns. The bill encourages both states to include juvenile records in the national accelerated criminal background check system with grants and also introduces a new protocol for checking those records. This gives NICS three days to review the records of an individual. If some potential disqualification comes up, the NICS gets an additional seven days. If the review is not completed by then, the gun transfer is done.
  • Creates new federal laws against gun smuggling and straw smuggling. Makes it easier to chase down people who are buying guns for people who are not allowed to buy weapons on their own.
  • Raises funding for mental health programs and school safety. This money is directed to a range of programs, many of which already exist but will be funded more tightly under this law.

This story and title have been updated with additional developments from Tuesday.

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