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Senators Unveil Bipartisan Gun Bill With Hopes Of Passing It This Week

Added 06-21-22 07:54:02pm EST - “The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act includes modest curbs on obtaining firearms, and aid for mental health and schools.” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “Senators Unveil Bipartisan Gun Bill With Hopes Of Passing It This Week”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

WASHINGTON ― A bipartisan group of senators unveiled legislation on Tuesday aiming to stem gun violence less than a month after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. They expressed hope that the full Senate will pass it this week.

The bill, titled the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, includes modest curbs on obtaining firearms, and aid for mental health and schools. It was agreed to after weeks of painstaking negotiations by a core group of four senators ― Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.).

“Today, we finalized bipartisan, commonsense legislation to protect America’s children, keep our schools safe, and reduce the threat of violence across our country,” the senators said in a statement. “Our legislation will save lives and will not infringe on any law-abiding American’s Second Amendment rights. We look forward to earning broad, bipartisan support and passing our commonsense legislation into law.”

The bill includes funding to bolster mental health, enhanced background checks for people under 21, incentives for states to adopt “red flag” laws, and school security measures. It would close the “boyfriend loophole,” a last-minute hang-up in the negotiations which would stop people from buying a gun if they are convicted of abuse against their partner. The bill also includes the first comprehensive federal criminal statute banning gun trafficking and straw purchasing.

It does not include broader restrictions sought by gun control advocates, however, such as bans on assault weapons, raising the age to purchase semi-automatic rifles to 21, safe storage rules at home, or required background checks on internet sales and at gun shows.

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