Washington (AP) —The Senate pushed a bipartisan mass shooting bill on the brink of passing on Thursday. Mass shootings.
After years of delays in the GOP process that upset Democrats’ efforts to curb firearms, Democrats and some Republicans have decided that parliamentary omissions are unacceptable. After the rampage in New York last month And Texas.. After several weeks of private discussions, a group of senators from both parties emerged with an 80-page compromise that embodies a gradual but influential move.
The bill enacts a Danger Signals Act that strengthens the background checks of the youngest gun buyers, protects firearms from domestic violent criminals, and makes it easier for authorities to obtain weapons from those deemed dangerous. Helps to do. We also fund community programs for school safety, mental health and violence prevention.
Thursday’s roll call to end the blockade by a conservative Republican senator was 65-34, five above the required 60-vote threshold. The final passage of the $ 13 billion bill was expected to continue to be voted on by the House of Representatives by the weekend. The timing was uncertain, but Congress planned to leave town for a two-week break by the weekend.
Fifteen Senate Republicans joined all 50 Democrats, including two non-allied independents, to vote for legislation.
The day was bittersweet for those who supported reducing gun violence. Emphasizing the lasting effect of the conservative cIout, the Right-wing Supreme Court has decided to extend the right of Americans to carry weapons in public... The judge has revoked New York law requiring people to prove that they need to carry a weapon before they can get a license.
The Senate vote highlighted the risks Republicans faced by opposition to the party’s Progan voters and the National Rifle Association. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Todd Young of Indiana were only two of the 15 reelected this fall. Of the rest, four will retire and eight will not face voters until 2026.
Needless to say, Republican senators who voted “no” include potential 2024 presidential candidates such as Tom Cotton in Arkansas, Ted Cruz in Texas, Josh Hawley in Missouri, and Tim Scott in South Carolina. It was. Some of the party’s most conservative members, such as Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and Congressman Mike Leigh of Utah, also voted “no.”
The election year package far fell short of the stronger gun controls long-sought by Democrats, including the ban on offensive weapons and large magazines used in killings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas. .. Nonetheless, the agreement leaves the leaders of both parties to declare victory and show voters that they know how to compromise and make the government work, while leaving room for each side to appeal to its core supporters. I did.
“This is not a cure. It’s all the way gun violence affects our country,” said Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer, who has been targeting gun control for decades. , DN.Y. Said. “But it’s a long arrears step in the right direction. It’s important, it will save lives.”
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, Republicans, in favor of a second amendment to exercise armed rights that drive many conservative voters: “Americans protect their constitutional rights and children I want to be safe at school. ” He said, “They want both of them at the same time, and that’s what the previous Senate bill would accomplish.”
The Senate’s actions were a clear breakthrough, but the outlook for Congress’s continued move on the curb of the gun is bleak.
Only about one-third of the 50 Republican senators in the Senate support the bill, and Republican firm opposition is certain in the House. Top House Republicans have called the bill “an effort to slowly shave off the second amendment of law-abiding citizens,” in an email from second Republican leader Steve Scallis of Louisiana. Prompted a “no” vote.
After the mid-term elections in November, both chambers (now narrowly controlled by the Democratic Party) are likely to be run by the Republican Party.
In a statement, President Joe Biden said the residents of Uvarde had told him that Washington had to act when he visited.
“This law makes children in schools and communities safer. I call Congress to finish work and bring this bill to my desk,” Biden said. ..
Senate action took place a month after the gunman killed 19 students and two teachers in Uvalde. Just 10 days earlier, a white man accused of being motivated by racism killed 10 black grocery shoppers in Buffalo. Both shooters were 18 years old and had a youthful profile shared by many mass shooters.
The meeting was led by Senator Chris Murphy (Connecticut), Kyrsten Sinema (Arizona), John Cornyn (Republican), and Thom Tillis (Republican). Murphy represents Newtown, Connecticut, where an assailant killed 20 students and six employees at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, and Konin followed a mass shooting in his state. Have been involved in. It’s close to McConnell.
The bill makes local boy records available during the required federal background checks when people between the ages of 18 and 20 try to buy a gun. These tests are currently limited to 3 days and last up to 10 days to give federal and local authorities time to search records.
Those convicted of domestic violence, the victim’s current or former romantic partner, are barred from obtaining firearms and close the so-called “boyfriend loophole.”
This ban currently applies only to those who are married, living with, or have children with the victim. The compromise will extend it to those who are believed to have had a “continuous and serious relationship.”
There will be money to help states enforce danger signal laws, and to help them for anti-violence programs for other states that do not have them. There are such laws in 19 states and the District of Columbia, and Konin (not in that state) required that all states be included in the negotiations.
The bill expands the use of background checks by rewriting the definition of federal-licensed gun distributors required to conduct background checks. Penalties for gun smuggling have been strengthened, billions of dollars have been provided to behavioral health clinics and school mental health programs, and there is money in school safety initiatives, but employees do not use “dangerous weapons.” ..