What is the Senate's New Gun Control Bill?

Wednesday, June 22, 2022
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Gun Safety Legislation Does Not Include Red Flag Laws

The recent joint announcement by Senate leaders on gun safety legislation does not mention red flag laws. While the legislation does support state crisis intervention orders and provides resources to state and local governments‚ it does not appear to include a ban on semiautomatic rifles or a bullet capacity limit. Although Democrats and President Biden have pushed for these measures‚ the legislation does not mention any such proposals.

On Tuesday‚ the Senate approved bipartisan gun legislation in hopes that it would be passed before the July 4th recess. The legislation was passed by all 50 Democratic members and 14 Republicans. After a series of mass shootings including and‚ the bill was passed. Bipartisan Safer Community Act is not as expansive and has already been challenged by opponents.

If it becomes law‚ though‚ this bill will be the most comprehensive gun safety legislation Congress has passed in many decades. On June 21‚ Senator John Cornyn (Republican from Texas) is interviewed by journalists at the U.S. Capitol. (Mary F. Calvert/Reuters) Chief negotiators of the bill -- Senators. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)‚ John Cornyn (R-Texas)‚ Kyrsten Sinema (D-Conn.) and Thom Tillis(R-N.C.) released a joint statement to celebrate the agreement. They said that today's bipartisan legislation was commonsense and will protect America’s children‚ schools‚ and decrease the risk of violence in America. The legislation we have proposed will help save lives‚ and it will not violate any Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. We are looking forward to gaining broad bipartisan support for our commonsense legislation and putting it into law. These are the main provisions. The 80-page bill.

Financial support for crisis centres and the so-called red Flag Laws

In 2020‚ people will wait in lines to get into a Culver City gun shop. (Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP) The legislation would allocate $750 million over five years to states to implement red flag laws. These allow authorities temporarily to confiscate firearms from people deemed to be a danger to their safety or the safety of others. Similar laws are already in place in 19 US states and District of Columbia. These programs can be implemented through the use of mental‚ drug‚ and veteran's courts. The negotiations involved Republicans pushing for the rights of all to an in-person hearing and an impartial adjudicator. They also wanted to ensure that no flagged person is denied the right‚ right‚ or threatened to face adverse witnesses. Murphy stated in a floor speech that every state would be allowed to access significant federal funds to help them expand programs that try to prevent dangerous individuals‚ suicide-minded people or others from committing mass murder.

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In 2021‚ a shopper in Orem (Utah) holds a Glock pistol. Getty Images via George Frey/Bloomberg Although spouses and co-parents of cohabiting partners who have been convicted for domestic violence are prohibited from buying firearms‚ those involved in abusive relationships that involve people living apart‚ such as co-parents or parents‚ are allowed to buy guns. This is known as the boyfriend loophole. (. According to everytown a gun safety advocacy group. Each month‚ 70 women are killed or shot by their intimate partners. The new law would prohibit anyone who is convicted of domestic violence towards a current or former partner from buying a weapon. Republican negotiators demanded a clear definition of who is a partner in a relationship and the time they would be prohibited from purchasing a firearm. This law would also not be retroactive‚ which means that someone must have been convicted for domestic violence before being deprived of the right to purchase a gun. Cornyn stated in a floor speech that unless someone is found guilty of domestic abuse according to state law‚ gun rights won't be affected. Nonspousal misdemeanor abuse domestic violence is a charge that can be convicted. This does not mean they will get a felony conviction‚ but they will have the opportunity to restore their Second Amendment rights after five years. They must have a clean criminal record.

For younger buyers‚ we have expanded background checks

One customer looks at handguns on sale at Knob Creek gun range in West Point (Ky.) in 2021. (Jon Cherry/Bloomberg via Getty Images). This legislation requires background checks to be expanded for buyers younger than 21. It will take three business days to complete the criminal and mental history check. The legislation allows for seven additional business days to investigate potential buyers if a background check finds anything questionable.

School security and mental health funding

This bill will provide funding to expand access to mental healthcare services.

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It would make it possible for Americans with Medicaid to utilize telehealth services as well as work with local substance abuse treatment providers. It would also provide funding for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline‚ which is funded for guns only. A majority of suicide deaths in 2020 Schools would be funded to hire more mental health professionals. Sign for Robb Elementary School‚ decorated with flowers and other gifts‚ June 17‚ in Uvalde (Texas). (Brandon Bell/Getty Images) The STOP School Violence Act‚ which provides increased school security through the provision of $300 million in funding‚ is also included in the bill. However this was a concern for some Democrats. Last week‚ Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‚ D-N.Y.‚

Concerning the expanding of background checks to juvenile records. This is based on previous efforts to secure schools that were inefficient and even harmful. Ocasio Cortez stated that after the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado in 1998‚ thousands of officers were hired into schools. While it did not prevent mass shootings like the one we saw now‚ it increased criminalization in teens living in areas such as mine.

Gun trafficking and licensed dealers

On Thursday‚ March 25‚ 2021‚ a customer purchased an AR-15 rifle using cash in Orem (Utah)‚ U.S.A. (George Frey/Bloomberg via Getty Images). Federally Licensed Firearm dealers would be required to register more sellers‚ which includes anyone selling guns for a profit. The sellers will be responsible for conducting background checks and keeping records about the sale. Additionally‚ the bill will impose sanctions on straw buyers who purchase guns for someone who cannot pass a background screening. Illustration of the cover thumbnail: Yahoo News. Photos: Getty Images. Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images