Senate passes gun control bill and sends it to the House : NPR


Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, the top Republican negotiator, speaks with reporters after delivering a speech in support of the bipartisan Safer Communities Act on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

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Senate passes gun control bill and sends it to the House : NPR

Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, the top Republican negotiator, speaks with reporters after delivering a speech in support of the bipartisan Safer Communities Act on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

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The Senate passed a narrow, bipartisan bill that could become the first gun control measure to come out of Congress in nearly three decades, voting 65-33 late Thursday night.

The legislation is the result of negotiations between 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats that began after two mass shootings in Buffalo, NY, and Uvalde, Texas, last month. Friday will mark one month since 19 children and two adults were killed at Robb Elementary in Uvalde.

“This bill is a compromise,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who led the negotiations, just before the vote began. “That’s not all I want. But what we’re doing will save thousands of lives without violating anyone’s Second Amendment rights.”

The legislation would encourage states to pass red flag laws and expand background checks for 18- to 21-year-olds, among other measures.

House leaders are expected to begin reviewing the bill quickly. In a statement shortly after the Senate vote, President Biden urged the House to act quickly on the bill. The House and Senate begin their two-week recess on July 4 after Friday.

“Tonight, after 28 years of inaction, bipartisan members of Congress came together to answer the call of families across the country and passed legislation to address the scourge of gun violence in our communities. families in Uvalde and Buffalo – and too many tragic shootings before – demanded action. And tonight, we took action,” the president said in a statement.

“This bipartisan legislation will help protect Americans. Children in schools and communities will be safer because of this. The House of Representatives should vote quickly on this bipartisan bill and send it to my office,” said Biden.

The House and Senate begin their two-week recess on July 4 after Friday.


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