Text for Gun Legislation Released in Senate

Leaders want passage before July 4 recess. 

A bipartisan group of Senators released legislative text for their gun bill, which includes enhanced background checks for those under 21, funding for mental health and school safety, incentives for states to implement “red flag” laws, and  limits on the “boyfriend loophole.” In a 64-34 vote, the Senate voted Tuesday night to advance the bill for a vote. 

The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act falls short of what President Biden wants. But, if passed, it will be the most significant gun safety legislation in decades. 

Senator Chris Murphy of New Jersey called it “the most significant piece of anti-gun-violence legislation Congress will have passed in 30 years.” Senator John Cornyn of Texas followed Murphy, saying, “We know there’s no such thing as a perfect piece of legislation. We are imperfect human beings. But we have to try, and I believe this bill is a step in the right direction.”

Once passed, the measure goes to the House which is expected to give it swift approval and forward it to the president’s desk. 

Legislators are trying to get the bill passed and signed by the president before they break for a two-week July 4 recess.   

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for members of the Senate as they vote on the legislation restricting gun ownership.
  • For representatives of the House to be discerning as they consider the gun law.
  • For the president and federal officials as they are poised to limit Second Amendment rights.

Sources: The Hill, Axios


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