Jun 22, 2022 | Politics

Senate Reaches Final Deal on Gun Control Legislation

Senate Reaches Final Deal on Gun Control Legislation

Senators on Tuesday evening reached a final agreement on gun control legislation.

The bill passed in a 64-34 vote.

Earlier this month, 10 GOP senators reached an agreement on principle for gun control legislation, which included ‘red flag’ laws.

Those 10 Republicans included:

John Cornyn of Texas, Thom Tillis and Richard Burr of North Carolina, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mitt Romney of Utah and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.

Mitch McConnell later voiced his support for the agreement and said he’d vote to pass the bill.

Democrat Senator Murphy told reporters a final agreement has been reached after the group’s negotiations.

“Republicans refused to include proposals in Tuesday’s compromise that were sought by President Joe Biden and Democrats to ban assault weapons or raise the minimum age for buying them, prohibit high-capacity magazines or require background checks for virtually all gun sales.” –AP reported.

Nine days after Senate bargainers agreed to a framework proposal — and 29 years after Congress last enacted a major measure curbing firearms — Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., told reporters that a final agreement on the proposal’s details was at hand.

The legislation lawmakers have been working toward would toughen background checks for the youngest firearms buyers, require more sellers to conduct background checks and beef up penalties on gun traffickers. It also would disburse money to states and communities aimed at improving school safety and mental health initiatives.

“I think we’ve reached agreement,” Murphy said. “And just we’re dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s right now. I think we’re in good shape.”

The senators did not initially say how they’d resolved the two major stumbling blocks that had delayed agreement on the plan’s legislative language.

One was how to make abusive romantic partners subject to the existing ban that violent spouses face to obtaining guns. The other was providing federal aid to states that have “red flag” laws that make it easier to temporarily take firearms away from people deemed dangerous or to states that have violence intervention programs.

14 Republican Senators voted to advance the 80-page gun control bill:

Roy Blunt
Richard Burr
Shelly Moore-Capito
Bill Cassidy
Susan Collins
John Cornyn
Joni Ernst
Lindsey Graham
Mitch McConnell
Lisa Murkowski
Rob Portman
Mitt Romney
Thom Tillis
Todd Young

Final vote on the bill could come Friday.

The National Rifle Association blasted the Senate’s bill text for its bipartisan gun control package, saying it “falls short at every level.”

“The NRA will support legislation that improves school security, promotes mental health services, and helps reduce violent crime. However, we will oppose this gun control legislation because it falls short at every level. It does little to truly address violent crime while opening the door to unnecessary burdens on the exercise of Second Amendment freedom by law-abiding gun owners,” the NRA said in a statement Tuesday.

Fox News noted:

The Senate released the 80-page text of the bill on Tuesday, which includes grants for states that implement their own red flag laws, would expand background checks for gun buyers under 21, creates penalties for straw purchases of firearms, requires more gun sellers to register as Federally Licensed Firearm Dealers.

The Senate voted to advance the bill at a 64 to 34 vote, with 14 Republicans supporting the effort. The procedural vote signals the bill would have enough support to pass the 60-vote threshold needed to break a filibuster in the Senate when it comes up for an official vote.

The Red Flag Laws by Democrats and RINOs are not meant to stop crime. They are only meant to take guns from legal gun owners.

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