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The bipartisan Senate gun bill allowed a major 65-34 procedural vote on Thursday, setting up a vote on final passage likely later Thursday or early Friday.
The bill, led by Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, follow several recent mass shootings. One at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, was the main driver of the bipartisan effort.
“Today is an extremely important day in the United States Senate. The final passage will take place later today or early tomorrow, and we will be well on our way to saving thousands of lives in this country,” Murphy said. Thursday. “30 years Congress has done nothing to try to address the epidemic of school shootings, murders and suicides in this country. And while that’s not all we need to do. is a way of showing that it is possible to break the impasse.
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The bill would provide funding to states to create programs that could keep guns away from people who pose a danger to themselves or others, often referred to as red flag laws. It would also improve background checks for gun buyers under 21, adding penalties for certain armed criminals and providing funding for a variety of health and mental health programs.
It also fixes the so-called “boyfriend loophole,” which is a loophole in federal law that means domestic abusers can have gun rights taken away, but not singles.
The bill defines domestic abusers in a “romantic relationship” as people who would then be subject to having their gun rights taken away. But it would restore those rights to tortfeasors after five years.
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“Our legislation will save lives and will not infringe on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans,” Cornyn said. “We look forward to winning broad bipartisan support and getting our common sense legislation into law.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is one of the Republicans supporting the bill. He said Thursday that he doesn’t “put his finger on the Second Amendment.”
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and her Democratic majority will likely be able to push the bill through the House. The chamber may remain in session until the Senate passes its gun bill in order to get it to President Biden’s office by July 4.
But Republicans in the House will likely oppose the bipartisan bill more evenly than those in the Senate. House GOP Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., announced early Wednesday that he would officially whip his members against the bill.
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“In an effort to slowly curtail the rights of law-abiding 2nd Amendment citizens, this legislation takes the wrong approach in an attempt to address violent crime,” Scalise said in a whip notice Wednesday.
“Since Biden’s election, Democrats have failed on every level. There’s literally only one way for Republicans to lose midterms,” said Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo. , At a press conference. “That’s exactly what those 14 RINOs, Republicans in name only, did in the Senate.”
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There will likely be some House GOP support for the bill, but Fox News is advised that could exceed the 20 or even 13 members who voted for the bipartisan infrastructure bill.
Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.
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