Posted BY: Cristina Laila
Update: The Senate voted 64-34 to advance the gun control bill Tuesday evening
Senators on Tuesday came to a final agreement on gun control legislation.
Earlier this month a group of bipartisan senators reached an agreement on principle for gun legislation which includes ‘red flag’ laws.
11 Republicans joined the Democrats and bowed to their demands
Republican Senators John Cornyn of Texas, Thom Tillis and Richard Burr of North Carolina, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mitt Romney of Utah and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky are so far on board with the gun control legislation.
About a week after the senators agreed to a framework resolution, Democrat Senator Murphy told reporters a final agreement has been reached.
“Republicans refused to include proposals in Tuesday’s compromise that were sought by President Joe Biden and Democrats to ban assault weapons or raise the minimum age for buying them, prohibit high-capacity magazines or require background checks for virtually all gun sales.” -AP reported.
Schumer said he wants the senate to vote on the legislation this week before lawmakers begin a two-week recess for Independence Day.
Nine days after Senate bargainers agreed to a framework proposal — and 29 years after Congress last enacted a major measure curbing firearms — Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., told reporters that a final agreement on the proposal’s details was at hand.
The legislation lawmakers have been working toward would toughen background checks for the youngest firearms buyers, require more sellers to conduct background checks and beef up penalties on gun traffickers. It also would disburse money to states and communities aimed at improving school safety and mental health initiatives.
“I think we’ve reached agreement,” Murphy said. “And just we’re dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s right now. I think we’re in good shape.”
The senators did not initially say how they’d resolved the two major stumbling blocks that had delayed agreement on the plan’s legislative language.
One was how to make abusive romantic partners subject to the existing ban that violent spouses face to obtaining guns. The other was providing federal aid to states that have “red flag” laws that make it easier to temporarily take firearms away from people deemed dangerous or to states that have violence intervention programs.
A reporter for ABC asked Senator Cornyn about the gun control legislation and how it felt being booed at the Texas GOP convention.
Cornyn said he didn’t mind being booed because he supports people’s First Amendment rights.
But apparently Cornyn doesn’t support Second Amendment rights.