Politics Senators reach final bipartisan agreement on gun safety bill

Senators reach final bipartisan agreement on gun safety bill

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Sen. of Connecticut. Chris Murphy, a leading Democratic negotiator on the Bilateral Gun Bill Security Bill, is speaking to activists near the U.S. Capitol on June 8 who are protesting gun violence and calling for action by lawmakers.

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Sen. of Connecticut. Chris Murphy, a leading Democratic negotiator on the Bilateral Gun Bill Security Bill, speaks to activists protesting gun violence near the U.S. Capitol on June 8.

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Senate negotiators have finalized an agreement on a narrow bilateral gun safety bill that could become the first gun control measure passed by Congress in decades.

Legislation Negotiations between 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats result, and the parties are expected to get more than enough votes to clear the filibuster in the 50-50 split Senate to overcome the 60-vote threshold. House leaders are expected to begin deliberations on the bill soon, and President Biden has urged Congress to pass the bill without delay.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-K, have both expressed support for the bill and say they will vote for it.

“Our colleagues have put together a Commonsense package of popular measures that will help reduce these horrific incidents while fully supporting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens,” McConnell said in a statement.

Sense. Chris Murphy, D-Con., Kirsten Cinema, D-Ariz., John Cornin, R-Texas, and Thom Tillis, RNC. He rushed for several days to complete the law in time for the Senate to begin voting. Week

“Our law will save lives, and no law-abiding American will violate the Second Amendment,” the senators said in a joint statement. “We look forward to gaining broad, bipartisan support and passing our common sense into law.”

Success is the result of a concerted effort to prevent last month’s shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. The bill would extend background checks to potential gun buyers between the ages of 18 and 21. The new procedure will encourage states to provide access to previously sealed juvenile records and may add a few days to the waiting period before the purchase is completed.

“What will the states control? [juvenile records] They are willing to share. But our legislation encourages states to upload records that reflect a person’s eligibility to purchase a gun, “Cornin, chief GOP negotiator, told the Senate floor on Tuesday afternoon.

Another major change is the extension of existing law that prohibits people convicted of domestic abuse from carrying a gun. Democrats have sought to broaden the definition of who is eligible to ban the inclusion of dating partners rather than just spouses and ex-spouses.

The Gun Safety Act defines a “dating relationship” as “a relationship between a person who is in a serious relationship or who has just had a love affair.”

However, it also includes a new section to allow people who are barred from accessing firearms under the law to restore their gun rights if their records remain clean for five years.

The law also includes incentives for states to enact so-called red flag legislation that would allow law enforcement or other organizations to file a lawsuit in court to remove a gun from a person deemed dangerous to themselves or others. The money is designed as a crisis intervention grant that may apply to red flag laws but also to states that connect mental health courts and drug courts.

Republicans have insisted that public safety grants be available to all states, not just those who pass red-flag legislation, and Democratic negotiator Murphy said those funds would be available for some other court-based intervention.

“This bill will be too low for many. It will be too high for others. But it’s not an exercise in checking the box,” Murphy said. “This bill is not window dressing. This bill is going to save lives.”

Legislators agreed to add further funding for tele-health programs for expanded access to mental health, money for school safety and training, and community-based mental health programs across the country.

The deal goes far beyond Biden’s call for a comprehensive gun control law, including a ban on assault rifles and universal background checks. But many Democrats and gun safety advocates are celebrating bipartisan legislation as a significant incremental step – with Democrats vowing to take further action on guns in the future.

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