Senate Advances Gun Control Bill
We need an end to violence, but we can’t sacrifice our liberties to get it. We must pray for God’s will to be done here.
From The Center Square. The U.S. Senate voted late Tuesday to advance a gun control bill with 14 Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, joining Democrats to approve the measure.
The vote was reached after weeks of negotiating a bipartisan bill in response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas…
“Today, we finalized bipartisan, commonsense legislation to protect America’s children, keep our schools safe, and reduce the threat of violence across our country,” the leaders of the negotiations, Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.; John Cornyn, R-Texas; Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Thom Tillis, R-N.C. said in a joint statement….
The vote was 64-34, and the Senate moved to send the bill to the House for concurrence.
The bill is expected to be fast tracked in order for the Senate to vote on it before they recess for the July 4th holiday….
The proposal would require an enhanced background check for gun buyers under age 21 and implement “a short pause to conduct the check. Young buyers can get the gun only after the enhanced check is completed,” Murphy explained when first announcing the agreement.
The “enhanced review process” would add a three-day review period during which buyers under age 21 would have any juvenile and mental health records reviewed prior to being able to purchase a firearm….
The joint announcement doesn’t mention “red flag laws.” Instead, it says their plan supports state crisis intervention orders. It “provides resources to states and tribes to create and administer laws that help ensure deadly weapons are kept out of the hands of individuals whom a court has determined to be a significant danger to themselves or others, consistent with state and federal due process and constitutional protections….”
The bill also proposes $750 million for mental health and school safety, and a national buildout of community mental health clinics….
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(Excerpt from The Center Square. Photo Credit: Getty Images)
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