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The safety of the gun was at the heart of some parts of the law and the ruling by the Supreme Court on Thursday. The first comprehensive gun safety bill in 30 years is one step closer to a Senate vote.
In a procedural move, senators voted 65-34 to end the debate on the Bipartisan Safer Community Act, ending negotiations that began in May. The 20-party bipartisan group began a deal after mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uwalde, Texas, forcing lawmakers to find a solution.
The law was passed by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y. And backed by minority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Schumer is running to pass the measure before Friday – the Senate’s self-imposed deadline and the day Congress leaves for a two-week vacation. The Senate is currently on track to vote on the deal before the July 4 recess.
If the Senate passes the gun deal, it will go to the House, where it is expected to pass., Before going to President Joe Biden to sign the law.
The Senate deal follows SCOTUS’s ruling on the handgun
Two months after the Buffalo and Uwalde shootings, the Supreme Court overturned a New York gun law that required state residents to have a “reasonable cause” to keep a handgun. The verdict, which has a 6-3 conservative majority, has the potential to influence second-amendment rights amid a mass shooting across the country.
In his opinion, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas wrote, “New York’s just-reasoning requirement violates the Fourteenth Amendment in which it prevents citizens with general self-defense requirements from exercising their right to own and possess a weapon.” He was joined by five other conservative judges.
Who brought the case? Two upstate New Yorkers, plus the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, filed a lawsuit against then-New York State Superintendent of Police Kevin Brun after a licensing officer denied them the privileges of carrying them.
What are the broader effects? The five Democratic-led states have similar licensing requirements and therefore those laws will be challenged.
But the decision could have far-reaching implications for other laws as the high court is changing the standard used to review such laws. To pass the constitutional muster, Thomas writes, gun rules must have little to do with the nation’s “historical tradition.”
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A special congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riots has called on former President Donald Trump’s U.S. Focused on attempts to manipulate the Department of Justice because federal investigators found no evidence of electoral fraud.
Three former officials, including Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, testified during Thursday’s hearing about the tense confrontation with the White House in the weeks following the presidential election.
Each witness described how Trump provoked the agency after he failed to find any justification for his baseless allegations of electoral fraud, and demanded that Rosen be replaced with Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark.
The committee displayed a draft letter written by Clark addressing Georgia’s legislative leaders, in which investigators found no evidence but gave a false indication of potential voter fraud in key states. Eric Hershman, a former Trump White House lawyer, said in a video testimony that Clark was the one who proposed to the six swing states that they send alternate voters to Congress to support Trump.
Among other things, he said, the former president wanted the agency to appoint a special adviser, meet with his re-election campaign lawyers and file a lawsuit in the US Supreme Court.
“The Department of Justice rejected all of those requests … because we don’t think they’re right based on the facts and the law because we understand them,” Rose said.
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