Senate passes gun control bill

Just The NewsThe Senate on Thursday passed the first significant firearms legislation in decades in the wake of two mass shootings earlier this year.

The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act was passed by a 65-33 vote just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court issued an historic ruling that states and communities can't infringe the right of Americans to carry firearms in public.

All 50 Democrats supported the legislation, as well as Republican Sens. Roy Blunt, Richard Burr, Shelly Moore Capito, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, John Cornyn, Joni Ernst, Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, Thom Tillis, Pat Toomey, and Todd Young.

Sens. Blunt, Burr, Toomey and Portman, are retiring at the end of this year, while only Indiana Sen. Young and Alaska Sen. Murkowski face reelection this November.

Gun owners have long memories. There will be a political cost, even if a delayed one. The leadership of the Republican party in the Senate has finally made its position clear to the voters.

Furthermore, the recent Supreme Court decision makes it clear that gun control laws are on very thin ground Constitutionally. The part of this law applying special rules to those under 21 seeking to buy guns will likely be struck down. So will any parts of the law that remove gun rights without due process, meaning the red flag components are at serious risk. Still, these corrections from the Supreme Court take time and are never certain.

This entry was published Fri Jun 24 08:20:58 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2022-06-24 08:20:58.0. [Tweet]

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