Senate Gun Control Bill Released – Here’s What May Change

By Townhall. A bipartisan working group of U.S. Senators — 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans — finally unveiled the result of their work on federal firearm legislation spurred by the tragic shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, one that increasingly looks to have been worsened by a failure in local authorities’ response.

The text’s release was delayed this week by some last-minute negotiations over a ban on any healthcare-related funds in the bill being used to pay for abortions, but that hurdle was cleared by Tuesday afternoon when the final text was released. . .

As Townhall reported previously, a framework agreement for the bill was reached on June 12 that included “crisis intervention orders” and an “enhanced review period” for purchasers under 21 years old. The framework, even though it contained increased funding for mental health care, safety measures in schools, and training for staff, set off alarm bells for some Second Amendment advocates worried about what would end up in the final text of the bill.

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Senators Strike Deal on Gun Control Bill—Here’s What May Change (And What Won’t)

By Forbes. The two lead negotiators on a bipartisan gun control bill announced Tuesday they reached a deal on the language of legislation, which, if passed, would be the most significant federal gun control measures enacted in decades.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), the top Democratic negotiator, said on the Senate floor the bill would fund a federal program to encourage states to invest in red-flag laws, which allow courts to suspend gun access for individuals considered a danger to themselves or others.

The bill would also mandate “enhanced background checks” for gun purchasers under 21, including “a call to the local police department” to rule out buyers law enforcement suspects could pose a threat, according to Murphy.

Murphy and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said the bill closes what’s known as the “boyfriend” loophole by prohibiting those convicted of misdemeanor non-spousal domestic abuse from purchasing a firearm for at least five years. . .

A “historic investment in mental health,” funding for school-based health centers and new statutes to prevent gun trafficking are also in the bill, Murphy said. (Read more from “Senators Strike Deal on Gun Control Bill—Here’s What May Change (And What Won’t)” HERE)

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