Senate Passes Bipartisan Gun Violence Bill; Legislation Expands Safety Measures But Falls Short Of Ban On Assault Weapons

managing committee A 65-33 vote passed a compromise gun safety bill on Thursday, marking a rare time that lawmakers from both parties have responded to a wave of mass shootings with legislation.

but the bill is still too low gun improvement Advocates want, such as a ban on assault weapons and a ban on the purchase of firearms for people under the age of 21.

Those proposals have broad public support, based on recent elections, but a bipartisan group of senators was reached as a non-starter.

The law, the bipartisan Safe Communities Act, would expand background checks to those 18 to 21, give states incentives to pass “red flag” laws, and expand a federal law that bars domestic abusers from obtaining guns. stops. The law also provides funding for school safety and mental health.

The bill will now go to the House, which is expected to vote on the legislation on Friday. President Joe Biden has indicated he will sign it.

Senators led by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) began talks shortly after the mass shooting Uvalde, TX, in which a gunman killed 19 elementary school students and two teachers. The shooter was able to legally purchase two assault weapons on his 18th birthday.

Ironically, the passage of the law came on the same day that the Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision expanded gun owners’ rights to carry concealed weapons outside the home. The court struck down a century-old New York law that required those seeking a concealed carry license to show that they had a “reasonable reason” or a specific purpose for it.

Even though the Senate bill marked the first significant piece of federal gun safety legislation in nearly 30 years, it was opposed by the National Rifle Association and other gun rights advocates.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) acknowledged that the bill is “not a cure-all for all the ways gun violence affects our country,” but insisted that “it’s in the right direction.” A long overdue move” and that it is “going to save lives.”

The last major legislation for the Senate to approve was the Assault Weapons Ban, passed in 1994. But that ban was allowed to expire a decade later, and sales of assault weapons such as the AR-15 have soared. The AR-15 has been used in mass shootings over the past decade.