US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters on Tuesday that US lawmakers could bring a bipartisan package to tighten gun control laws to the US Senate floor by the end of this week.
“The settlement was something that many believed was not possible a few weeks ago, but Democrats and a good number of Republicans said we would have to try,” Schumer said.
Ten Democrats and 10 Republicans agreed over the weekend to structure a deal that, if passed, would fund school safety and mental health services while encouraging states to expand red flag laws.
Schumer noted that the package would represent the most significant Congressional effort toward gun control legislation since the Brady Bill, which 28 years ago imposed a five-day waiting period on handgun sales. Schumer co-wrote that bill.
Schumer said, “This agreement will enhance background checks for people under the age of 21, help states prevent shootings with their red flag laws, and for domestic abusers to use weapons by phasing out boyfriends.” will make the requirement difficult.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he would feel comfortable voting for these new laws if the legislative text reflects the outline.
The efforts came together after a mass shooting that killed dozens of Americans – many of them young children – with legally obtained, military-grade weapons.
President Joe Biden said in a statement Sunday that the plan “doesn’t do everything I think is necessary, but it represents important steps in the right direction and one of the most important gun safety measures to pass Congress in decades.” There will be law.”
On Monday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the outline would help the president honor his promise to parents in Uvalde, Texas, “to do something” to 19 children and two teachers on May 24. He was shot after being attacked by an assailant. Rifle inside an elementary school.
The deal does not include a call by Biden to ban the sale of rapid-fire assault weapons, which are often the weapons of choice deployed by mass shooters in the United States.
The National Rifle Association said it does not take a position on the “framework. We will let our position know when the full text of the bill is available for review.”
Previous gun control measures have been opposed by deep-pocketed groups. His legislative pressure group described a recent House bill as “unconstitutional legislation” that “threatens to commit felonies to millions of law-abiding gun owners, as well as without their legally acquired firearms.” Subject to official confiscation of due process.”
Bill to which NRA referswill establish, among other things, a minimum age of 21 years for the purchase of semi-automatic rifles and shotguns. It also includes mandatory home storage requirements for firearms, which the group argues are unconstitutional.
Matt Valentine, a scholar and lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin who focuses on gun violence policy, told VOA that three of the nation’s gun control advocacy groups have approved the latest proposal, adding that “many of my in the gun violence prevention community The contacts are overwhelmed.”
Valentine said the proposal could also provide ammunition to Republican politicians seeking to garner support in the midterm elections due later this year.
“In some ways, this Senate package could be an election year boon for gun-friendly politicians in red states, because it will give them something to fight for,” he said. “Having achieved nearly complete control of firearms, gun rights activists in these states have been left in an awkward position with nothing left to fight for. This proposed federal law would give them something to fight for.”
Legislators in the US have battled gun laws for years, with Democrats almost universally supporting tighter controls and Republicans opposing them, arguing that any such move threatens the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.
Lawmakers have spent nearly a month negotiating the deal after shocking mass murders in Texas, New York and Oklahoma. But Americans die daily in gun violence. On Monday, 12 Americans were killed in shootings in separate incidents across the country, according to the independent Gun Violence Archive.