The National Rifle Association condemned the text of the Senate bill for its bilateral gun control package, saying it was “low on every level.”
“The NRA will support legislation that improves school safety, promotes mental health services and helps reduce violent crime. However, we oppose this gun control law because it falls short at every level. The door to unnecessary burdens on the use of the Second Amendment freedom by law-abiding gun owners, “the NRA said in a statement on Tuesday.
The Senate on Tuesday released the 80-page text of the bill, which includes grants for states that enforce their own red flag laws, increase background checks on gun buyers under 21, create penalties for gun straw purchases, and require more gun dealers. Register as a Federally Licensed Gun Dealer.
The Senate voted 64 to 34 to move the bill forward, with 14 Republicans backing the effort. For an official vote, a procedural vote indicates when the bill has sufficient support to pass the threshold of 60-votes required to break the filibuster in the Senate.
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The NRA further stated in its statement that the law could be abused “for violating the rights of law-abiding Americans to prevent legal gun purchases.”
The law “would use federal dollars to fund gun control measures adopted by state and local politicians. The bill leaves much discretion in the hands of government officials and contains undefined and pervasive provisions – inviting interference in our constitutional freedoms,” the NRA statement said.
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“The decisions of the United States Supreme Court in the Heller and McDonald cases make it clear that the Second Amendment is an individual constitutional freedom. We will always fight for that freedom – and for the fundamental values we have protected for more than 150 years,” the NRA concluded in a statement Tuesday.
Republican Sen. John Cornin and Democratic Sen. A group of senators, including Chris Murphy, announced earlier this month that they had reached an agreement on a common, bipartisan proposal to “protect children in the United States, keep our schools safe and reduce risk.” Violence across our country. “The agreement killed 19 children and two adults in a series of devastating mass shootings, including at a school in Uvalde, Texas.
The NRA responded to the interim agreement by pledging “realistic measures to help end violence in our community”, but the organization’s leaders have not yet acted on the framework as the bill has not yet been read.
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Although the bill received support from some Republicans in a procedural vote, other Republicans condemned the bill.
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“I do not support this legislation and will continue to vote against it,” said John Barasso, chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. “As a senator from Wyoming, I know the meaning of the Second Amendment. I would not vote for any legislation that would jeopardize the second amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.”
London Mayon of Fox News contributed to this report.