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The Senate passed a bipartisan gun bill late Thursday night in a 65-33 vote.
The bill, led by Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, follow several recent mass shootings. The mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas was the main driver of the bipartisan effort.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the Safe Communities Act was the first major gun safety legislation to pass since the Brady Bill in 1994.
“Tonight, the United States Senate is doing something many thought impossible just a few weeks ago: We are passing the first significant gun safety bill in nearly 30 years,” he said in the post. a statement. “The gun safety bill we pass tonight can be described with three adjectives: bipartisan, common sense, life-saving.”
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, add penalties for certain gun criminals, and provide funding for a variety of health and mental health-related 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 now goes to the House. President Biden has said he intends to sign it if it passes.
It is a story of rupture. Check back for more details.