WASHINGTON – The Senate passed Thursday night’s most comprehensive gun bill designed for stop gun violence In decades, a major victory for the Advocates and a rare defeat for the National Rifle Association.
The vote was 65 to 33, with all 50 Democratic-voting members and 15 Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, voting to send the bill to the House. For the vote expected on Friday.
“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,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer , D.Y., said just before the vote. “The gun safety bill we’re passing tonight can be described with three adjectives: bipartisan, common sense, lifesaving.”
The measure would provide states with “red flag” laws and grants for crisis prevention programs. It will enhance background checks for people aged 18 to 21, opening the door to access to juvenile records. It also seeks to close the “boyfriend loophole” by warning guns away from non-spouse dating partners convicted of abuse. To restore their access in certain circumstances.
In addition, the law would clarify which sellers are required to register as firearms licensees, which would require them to conduct background checks on potential buyers. And it will toughen the penalties for gun smuggling.
bipartisan package Now goes to the House, where Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., vowed in a statement Thursday that she would bring “life-saving legislation” to a floor vote on Friday and “send the bill to President Biden” for his signature. “.
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Con. said: “Shooting after shooting, murder after murder, suicide after suicide – for 30 years, Congress stood in its political corners and did nothing. But not this time. It’s the most important.” will become a piece of the anti-gun violence law Congress has passed in three decades.”
Murphy negotiated a modest collection of policies with Sense. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Kirsten Cinema, D-Ariz., and Thom Tillis, R.N.C.
“I’m excited about how much common ground we’ve been able to find,” Cornyn said. “Those who have suffered unimaginable losses in some of these mass shootings. But I want to tell them that their advocacy has turned their pain into something positive.”
The NRA opposed the bill, arguing that it is “low on every level.”
“It really does little to address violent crime while opening the door to an unnecessary burden on the exercise of Second Amendment liberties by law-abiding gun owners,” the group said in a statement.
In recent days, many GOP supporters have sought to dismiss right-wing claims that the law would curtail Second Amendment rights, promising that it would preserve gun rights for law-abiding Americans and that it would protect criminals. It’ll work later.
“If you’re a supporter of the Second Amendment, you should be for this bill,” said Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La.
President Joe Biden, who helped craft gun laws as a senator in the 1990s, said he looked forward to signing the measure into law.
“I’m pleased to see that Congress is finally getting closer to doing something — passing bipartisan legislation that will help protect Americans,” he said in a statement after approving a major test vote on Thursday. “Our children in schools and in our communities will be safe because of this law. I call on Congress to end the work and bring this bill to its desk.”
In a separate statement, the White House said the legislation “will be one of the most important steps Congress has taken to reduce gun violence in decades, giving our law enforcement and prosecutors new tools to prosecute gun traffickers.” “
Cornyn emphasized the limits of the policy of lover’s flaws.
“Unless someone is convicted of domestic abuse under their state laws, their gun rights will not be affected,” he said. This week, “Those who are convicted of non-spousal abuse of domestic abuse—not felony, but misdemeanor domestic violence—will have the opportunity to have their Second Amendment rights reinstated after five years. But they have a clean record.” should be.”
Negotiations were prompted by mass shootings BuffaloNew York, and Uvalde, Texas, in which a total of 31 people died, including 19 schoolchildren. The shootings were 10 days apart, and since then there have been more mass shootings.