Senate passes bipartisan gun control bill

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The Senate passed the bipartisan gun bill by a vote of 65-33 late Thursday.

Sense comes in the wake of the bill, led by Chris Murphy, D-Conn and John Cornyn, R-Texas. several recent mass shootings, The mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, was the major driver behind the bipartisan effort.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the Safe Communities Act was the first major gun safety law to be passed since the Brady Bill in 1994.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D.N.Y., answers questions from reporters during a press conference about the Democratic Party’s change to focus on voting rights at the Capitol on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 in Washington.
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“Tonight, the United States Senate is doing something that many believed was impossible even a few weeks ago: We are passing the first significant gun safety bill in nearly 30 years,” he said in a statement. “The gun safety bill we’re passing tonight can be described with three adjectives: bipartisan, common sense, lifesaving.”

The bill would provide funds for states to create programs that can keep weapons away from people who are a danger to themselves or others, often called red flag laws. It will also enhance background checks For gun buyers under the age of 21, add penalties for certain gun offenders and provide funding for a variety of health and mental health-related programs.

It also addresses the so-called “boyfriend loophole,” a gap in federal law that means domestic abusers of spouses can have gun rights, but unmarried can’t.

The bill now goes to the House. President Biden has said he intends to sign it if it is passed.

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