The senior Republican senator warned his fellow lawmakers on Sunday not to throw their support beyond the framework of the new law on gun control until the real text of the law is drafted.
“There is still no agreement, and yet our colleagues, voters, journalists still ask us, ‘Do you support the law?'” Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) told Fox News Sunday.
“This is a very dangerous way of passing laws,” he added. “Behind closed doors – you need transparency of public conversation with the text of the law in front of you.”
“I personally refuse to state whether or how I will vote for the bill until I see the text, because there are many things that can go wrong,” Lee continued.
Left-wing comments came just days after Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ki.) Told reporters he would support the law if the text of the law matches the framework presented last week.
At least ten other GOP senators have signed the framework: John Cornin of Texas, Tom Tillis of North Carolina, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Rob Portman of Ohio, Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, Richard Bear of North Carolina, Pat Tumi of Pennsylvania, Susan Collins from Main, Mit Romne from Jute and Bill Cessids from Louisiana.
At least two key points remain between Republican and Democratic negotiators: the so-called “boyfriend hole” on whether partners guilty of domestic violence can own firearms, and incentives for states to pass so-called laws on the red flag. ”
Lawmakers involved in the negotiations expressed hope that the bill will be presented in the Senate this week before the holiday last July 4. However, Lee said on Sunday that he had not received answers to any of his questions about the details.
“Without that language, you can’t determine if it’s okay,” Lee said, warning that laws should not be passed “under the heat of the moment, under great emotion, without looking at the text.”
Under the framework, the law would expand mental health services in all 50 states, expand background checks to include juvenile files on potential gun buyers under the age of 21, and increase funding for security in schools and mental health programs.
It will not include a ban on the assault weapon or increase the legal age to purchase semi-automatic rifles at the age of 18.
Friday marks the one-month anniversary of a mass shooting at a primary school in Ulwalde, Texas that killed 19 students and two teachers.
Since then, the Biden administration, activists and several celebrities – such as actor Matthew McConaughey – have repeatedly called on Congress to pass a new gun control law.
Since the Senate was divided by 50-50, any weapon law should be at least 10 Republican voices to adopt.