Liberal gun control groups back modest provisions of bipartisan senate bill


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Like many liberal gun control groups would, but they’re supporting it anyway, saying it’s an important step to reduce shootings.

“This package is not perfect. It does not go as far as we would like it to. But it is an incredibly meaningful step forward,” Christian Heyne, Brady United’s vice president for policy, told LBL Digital. “A month ago, I would have said that a package like this would have been impossible.”

Heyne credited Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., For ignoring many Republicans with the same thing and negotiating on the press.

After a few weeks of talks led by Murphy and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, released the Senators’ bill Tuesday night, and it cleared a test vote in the Senate hours later.

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Mass shooting at 19 children and two adults in an elementary school triggered serious Senate negotiations.
(AP / Eric Gay)

Officially titled the “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act,” the bill would provide funds for states to create programs that could keep weapons away from people or themselves, often called red flag laws. It would also enhance gun checks for under-age 21, add-on penalties for some gun criminals and provide a variety of health and mental health-related programs.

The bill comes in the wake of several recent mass shootings, including one in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two adults at an elementary school.

“We know that this bill is going to save lives,” said Robin Lloyd, managing director of Giffords, another gun control group. She told LBL Digital the bill is a “gun safety issue on bipartisan cooperation at a historic moment.”

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Lloyd lauded $ 750 million in red flag laws for federal funding. That money can also be used for other types of interventions, including drug courts and mental health courts.

Policy for Brady United Vice President Christian Heyne credited Sen.  Chris Murphy, D-Conn., Is one of the few GOP appetites that ever appeared when a major gun package for the press was shown.

Policy for Brady United Vice President Christian Heyne credited Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., Is one of the few GOP appetites that ever appeared when a major gun package for the press was shown.
(AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

The bill also closes the so-called boyfriend loophole to include “dating partners” in the definition of domestic abusers excluded from owning guns under federal law. Current law only applies to spouses.

Lloyd said that while the Senate bill does not go as far as liberal gun control groups like Giffords would, there is “a lot of good in it.”

“We don’t advocate and work on a vacuum in legislation,” she said. “To get through the bill… concessions were made on both sides.”

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“I’m all for the policies” that made it into the bill, Heyne said. “With the understanding that… where these negotiations began, the universal background checks were off the table. [of Americans] approve. “

Several other liberal gun groups said they support the bill too.

Sen.  John Cornyn, R-Texas, Arrives to Meet Sen.  Chris Murphy, D-Conn., And Sen.  Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., For more bipartisan talks on how to reinforce gun violence in the Capitol Washington June 15, 2022.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Arrives to Meet Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., And Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., For more bipartisan talks on how to reinforce gun violence in the Capitol Washington June 15, 2022.
(AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

VP OF BRADY UNITED GUN CONTROL GROUP SAYS GOP WILL BE ‘REWARDED’ AT POLLS IF SAFETY LEGISLATION FOR IT VOTES

“This is the most important test of bipartisan legislation: it will save lives,” said John Feinblatt, gun safety president for Everytown. “The Bill Text Lives Up to the Framework Last Week, and We Are Now Moving To One Big Step Up To 26-Year Logjam That Has Blocked Congressional Action To Protect Americans From Gun Violence.”

“Our grassroots army has been demanding action from the Senate for almost a decade, and today we are one step closer to making history and saving lives,” Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts added.

Conservative opponents of the bill say the legislation threatens Second Amendment rights. They point to the red flag law provisions and the boyfriend loophole provision that could be eliminated without proper due process protections.

“In an effort to slow chip away at law-abiding citizens’ second Amendment rights, this legislation takes the wrong approach to curb violent crimes,” House Republican Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., Said in a whip notice.

House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, RN.Y., said the bill “shreds the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans with deterring criminals.”

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