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The Senate on Tuesday broke through nearly 30 years of stalemate on gun control legislation by voting 64 to 34 to advance an 80-page gun safety bill to respond to the mass shootings in Buffalo, N.Y., and Uvalde, Texas, that left 31 people dead, including 19 school children.
The Senate voted to proceed to the bill just more than an hour after negotiators unveiled its text, giving lawmakers little time to digest its details.
The article goes on to state the following:
The bill had strong momentum after a group of 10 Republican senators led by Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), who has an A-plus rating from the NRA, earlier this month signed onto a bipartisan framework of principles with 10 Democrats.
The report notes that the bill doesn’t include many of the “far-reaching” reforms that Democrats wanted, such as bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and universal background checks. However, all Senate Democrats are expected to support the bill.
NPR shared information on provisions included in the bill:
- The bill would expand background checks for prospective gun buyers between the ages of 18 and 21. The new process would incentivize states to provide access to previously sealed juvenile records and could add several days to the waiting period before a purchase can be completed.
- Another major change is an expansion of an existing law that prevents people convicted of domestic abuse from owning a gun.
- However, it also includes a new section to allow people who are restricted from gun access under the legislation to have their gun rights restored if their record remains clean for five years.
- The legislation also includes incentives for states to create so-called red flag laws that would allow law enforcement or other entities to petition a court to remove guns from a person deemed to be a threat to themselves or others.
The 14 Republican senators who voted to advance the bill are as follows:
- Sen. John Corrnyn (Texas)
- Sen. Mitch McConnell (Ky.)
- Sen. Thom Tillis (N.C.)
- Sen. Susan Collins (Maine)
- Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.)
- Sen. Bill Cassidy (La.)
- Sen. Roy Blunt (Mo.)
- Sen. Richard Burr (N.C.)
- Sen. Mitt Romney (Utah)
- Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio)
- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.)
- Sen. Joni Ernst (Iowa)
- Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)
- Sen. Todd Young (Ind.)
JUST IN: Senators have finalized a bipartisan gun safety bill. It could be the first breakthrough on gun legislation in decades. https://t.co/wdEBWUHI4O
— NPR (@NPR) June 21, 2022
— The Hill (@thehill) June 22, 2022
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