“このパッケージは完璧ではありません. It doesn’t go as far as we would like. しかし、それは信じられないほど意味のある前進です,” クリスチャン・ハイネ, ブレイディユナイテッド政策担当副社長, said in an interview with Fox News Digital. “A month ago, I would have said that a package like this would have been impossible.”
Heyne credited Sen. クリスマーフィー, D-コネチカット。, for ignoring many people who believed the same thing and pressing forward on negotiations with Republicans anyway.
After weeks of talks led by Murphy and Sen. ジョン・コーニン, R-テキサス, senators released the text of a bill Tuesday night, and it cleared a test vote in the Senate 時間後.
Officially titled the “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act,” the bill would provide funding for states to create programs that could keep weapons away from people who are a danger to themselves or others, often called red flag laws. It would also enhance background checks for gun buyers under age 21, add penalties for some gun criminals and provide funding for a variety of health- and mental health-related programs.
The bill comes in the wake of several recent mass shootings, including one in Uvalde, テキサス, 殺した 19 children and two adults at an elementary school.
“We know that this bill is going to save lives” said Robin Lloyd, managing director of Giffords, another gun control group. She told Fox News Digital the bill is a “historic moment in bipartisan cooperation on the issue of gun safety.”
Lloyd lauded the $ 750 million in federal funding proposed for red flag laws. That money can also be used for other types of interventions aimed at the same goal, including drug courts and mental health courts.
The bill also closes the so-called boyfriend loophole to include “dating partners” in the definition of domestic abusers excluded from owning guns under federal law. Current law only applies to spouses.
Lloyd said that while the Senate bill does not go nearly as far as liberal gun control groups like Giffords would like, がある “a lot of good” 初期化.
“We don’t advocate and work on legislation in a vacuum,” 彼女は言いました. “To get the bill through the Senate … concessions were made on both sides.”
“I’m surprised at all of the policies” that made it into the bill, Heyne said. “With the understanding that … where these negotiations started was that universal background checks was off the table — universal background checks that we know 90% [アメリカ人の] approve.”
Several other liberal gun groups said Wednesday they support the bill too.
“This bipartisan legislation meets the most important test: It will save lives,” Everytown for Gun Safety President John Feinblatt said. “The bill text lives up to the framework released last week, and we now move one big step closer to breaking the 26-year logjam that has blocked congressional action to protect Americans from gun violence.”
“Our grassroots army has been demanding action from the Senate for nearly a decade, and today we’re one step closer to making history and ultimately saving lives,” Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts added.
Conservative opponents of the bill say that the legislation threatens 修正第2条の権利. They point to the red flag law provisions and the boyfriend loophole provision as elements that could be abused without proper due process protections.
“In an effort to slowly chip away at law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights, this legislation takes the wrong approach in attempting to curb violent crimes,” House Republican Whip Steve Scalise, R-La。, said in a whip notice.
House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y。, said the bill “shreds the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans with no effect on deterring criminals.”