The Senate appears to be on track to pass the measure as early as this week
. If passed
, it would amount to the most significant new federal legislation to address gun violence since the expired 10-year assault weapons ban of
1994 — though it fails to ban any weapons and falls far short of what Democrats and polls show most Americans want to see
Republikeinse Rep. Tony Gonzales aangekondig on Twitter on Wednesday that he intends to vote yes on the bipartisan gun bill
, sê, “As a Congressman it’s my duty to pass laws that never infringe on the Constitution while protecting the lives of the innocent.
Gonzales represents Uvalde, Texas, where a recent mass shooting at an elementary school shocked the nation and led to public outcry.
“In the coming days I look forward to voting YES on the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act,” Gonzales said.
GOP Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan also told CNN he’s a “ja” on the bill.
The Senate voted to advance the bill on Tuesday evening
, a key step toward final passage
. And the chamber appears poised to soon pass the legislation after
14 GOP senators voted with Democrats in Tuesday’s procedural vote
— more than the
10 required to join with Democrats to overcome a filibuster on the bill
. A vote to overcome a filibuster is expected to take place on Thursday
The legislation marks the first major federal gun safety measure in a generation, a significant achievement in a highly polarized political environment where gun policy is among the most contentious issues.
The bill includes millions of dollars for mental health, school safety, crisis intervention programs and incentives for states to include juvenile records in the National Instant Criminal Background Check system.
It also makes significant changes to the process when someone ages
18 aan 21 goes to buy a firearm and closes the so-called boyfriend loophole
, a major victory for Democrats
, who had fought for a decade for that
In contrast to the decision by the top 3 House Republican leaders to oppose the bill, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he plans to support it.
McConnell praised the bipartisan gun violence legislation on Wednesday as a “package of commonsense and popular solutions to make these horrific incidents less likely” that will not “touch the rights of the overwhelming majority of American gun owners who are law-abiding citizens of sound mind.”
He said past attempts to pass legislation to curb mass shootings at schools and elsewhere stalled because Democrats tried to “roll back” people’s Second Amendment rights.
“This time is different. This time the Democrats came our way and agreed to advance some commonsense solutions without rolling back rights for law-abiding citizens. The result is a product I’m proud to support,” McConnell said on the Senate floor.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer reiterated on Wednesday that he intends to “secure final passage” of the bipartisan gun safety legislation before the end of the week.
“It is my intention now to keep the process moving quickly and secure final passage before the week’s end,” Schumer said in floor remarks.
He pointed to the 64 senators who supported the bill’s advancement on Tuesday night, as “an unmistakable sign of the broad support and momentum behind this bill.