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The Senate passed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act on Thursday night, the most significant piece of gun legislation to clear the upper chamber since the 1994 assault weapons ban.
The legislation, negotiated by 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans, includes incentives for states to pass red flag laws and increased funding for mental health services, among other provisions. Republican Texas Sen. John Cornyn spearheaded the legislation in the aftermath of mass shootings at a Buffalo, New York supermarket and a Uvalde, Texas elementary school. (RELATED: Sen. John Cornyn Gets Heckled By Texas GOP Amid Gun Control Negotiations)
Fifteen Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, joined all 50 Democrats in voting for the bill.
15 GOP YES: Blunt Burr Capito Cassidy Collins Cornyn Ernst Graham McConnell Murk Portman Romney Tillis Toomey Young
Some conservatives have expressed concern about the provision governing red flag laws. The laws, also known as extreme risk protection orders, will be instituted at the state level. Individuals subject to the orders are not guaranteed attorneys for their court appearances, since the orders are pursued under civil proceedings. More than 72% of Republicans believe red flag laws could be abused by the government, a poll conducted by The Trafalgar Group shortly before the Senate vote found.
BREAKING: Senate PASSES bipartisan bill to combat gun violence in America, 65-33.
The bill now goes to the House, which is expected to pass it tomorrow.
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