Senate Proposes Bipartisan Gun Legislation

Senate Proposes Bipartisan Gun Legislation

US Senate AGREEMENT Reached – They’re Calling It Bipartisan

( – The recent mass school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, which left 21 dead at Robb Elementary School, prompted a bipartisan Senate effort to begin work on gun legislation. Before the Memorial Day recess, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) asked Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) to negotiate as the GOP lead. Now, a group of Republican Senators has apparently agreed with Democrats on a gun package they say will make America safer while protecting gun rights.

On Sunday, June 12, the bipartisan group of 20 Senators announced an agreement on a framework to curb mass gun violence. The new proposal would add extra scrutiny for gun buyers under 21, add a domestic violence restraining order to the list of items in a criminal background check system, incentivize states to pass red flag laws, and increase federal spending for mental health and school security in addition to a host of other provisions.

President Joe Biden hailed the deal as a victory but called on more legislative action. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the deal was a step forward. Still, the Speaker said Democrats would fight for more aggressive gun control laws, including requiring universal background checks, ending the sale of high-capacity magazines, and increasing the age from 18 to 21 to purchase an assault weapon.

The current deal may be the only one Democrats will get. For legislation to pass in the Senate, it requires a 60-vote minimum. In an evenly divided Senate, 10 Republicans must agree to vote with all 50 Democrats to pass legislation.

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