- Debate over Senate gun deal ends, as law goes to Senate floor
- The Senate is running against the clock to pass it before the holiday begins on Friday, July 4.
- Bilateral support is expected, with 15 or more GOP senators expected to support it.
WASHINGTON – The Gun Safety Bill, the first of its kind in three decades, was created Thursday by a major procedural measure that puts the measure closer to the Senate floor for a final vote.
The debate on the Bypartition Safer Community Act ended with a vote of 65-34.
Support for the proposal was expected. A bipartisan group of 20 senators has been negotiating a deal since May, when mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uwalde, Texas, surrounded the nation and forced lawmakers to seek a legal solution.
U.S. The vote came hours after the Supreme Court overturned gun bans in New York and overcrowded in Uwalde, where a Texas investigator called the police response a “failure.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y. And minority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Both support the law.
Schumer is running against the self-imposed deadline for senators to pass legislation before Congress leaves for a two-week vacation on Friday. Thursday’s proceedings put the Senate on track to vote on the deal before legislators leave for a July 4 break.
If the Senate passes the bill, then the president will go to the House before it is sent to Biden’s desk for signature.
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But it is not an easy way to get to this point. Less than a week ago, the gun deal looked on the verge of collapse, like many reform efforts in the past.
This week, however, the main negotiators are Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Con. And sen. John Cornin, R-Texas, was optimistic as he came closer to the deal because he says it would save lives without violating the right to follow the law. Americans.
The two sticking issues – the “Red Flag” law and the “Boyfriend Loofol” – were resolved on Tuesday, and shortly afterwards a bipartisan group of senators issued a joint statement saying they had reached an agreement.
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Sense. Murphy, Cornyn, Kirsten Cinema, D-Ariz. And Thom Tillis, RN. C. Said in a joint statement.
The main body of the law extends background checks on gun buyers 21 and younger to include their mental health and juvenile justice records. It forces sellers and authorities to wait up to 10 business days to complete the review.
The senators said such a review could lead to mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uwalde, Texas last month, as well as mass shootings in 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina.
The law also allocates $ 15 billion for mental health and school safety services, which Republicans wanted.
Each state will receive a grant as an incentive to adopt the “Red Flag” law, which allows courts to remove weapons from people they consider dangerous to themselves or others. States that do not enact red flag laws may use the money for other emergency-response programs as required by law.
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The Senate will close the package “Boyfriend Loofol”, a legal gray area that makes some women vulnerable to gun-related domestic violence.
Current law prohibits domestic violence offenders from purchasing a gun if they abuse their spouse or live-in partner with whom they had children. The Senate will extend the law to include partners in current or recent relationships of “boyfriends” or “romantic or intimate nature” who have been convicted of domestic violence.
“This provision alone is saving the lives of many women who unfortunately die at the hands of boyfriends or ex-boyfriends who hunt them down with a weapon,” Murphy said.
15 Republicans who helped push the gun bill include Richard Burns of Sense Cornin, McConnell, Tillis, North Carolina; Susan Collins of Maine; Lindsay Graham of South Carolina; Mitt Romney of Utah; Pete Tumi of Pennsylvania; Todd Young of Indiana; Roy Blunt of Missouri; Rob Portman of Ohio; Shelley Capito of West Virginia; Bill Cassidy of Louisiana; Johnny Ernst of Iowa and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
Candy Woodall is a congressional reporter for USA Today. She can be contacted at email@example.com or Twittercandynotcandace on Twitter.