House passes bipartisan gun law passed by Senate

The House is expected to vote on the bipartisan gun legislation on Friday that the Senate passed by majority Thursday night. If it passes the House as expected, it will be the most significant new gun legislation in decades.

The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which imposes a longer background check process for gun buyers under 21, funds mental health needs and closes the so-called “boyfriend loophole” to prevent convicted domestic abusers from buying a gun of fire for five years.

The Senate passed the bill 65 to 33, with 15 Republicans voting in favor of the measure. Republican Senator Tom Cotton did not vote, nor did Republican Senator Kevin Cramer, who is in North Dakota recovering from a serious hand injury. All Democratic senators voted in favor of the bill.

The House is expected to begin procedural votes on the bill on Friday morning and the final vote early Friday afternoon. Broad support from Democrats is expected. House Republican leaders do not support it and are actively encouraging GOP members to vote against the legislation, but some are still expected to vote in favor. One of the Republicans expected to approve the bill is Representative Tony Gonzales, who represents Uvalde, where a gunman last month killed 19 children and two teachers in an elementary school.

Shortly after the Uvalde shooting, bipartisan Senate negotiators began talking to draft legislation to respond to the mass shootings. They launched a frame of the proposal earlier this month, and unveiled the legislation on Tuesday.

More support could also come from a handful of Republicans who backed various parts of the House Democrats’ Protection of Our Children Act, the much more robust gun control bill that passed the House on June 8 but did not would have received sufficient support in the Senate.

After the Senate passed the weapons bill on Thursday, President Biden urged the House to act quickly.

“Tonight, after 28 years of inaction, bipartisan members of Congress came together to heed the appeal of families across the country and passed legislation to address the scourge of gun violence in our communities,” Biden said after the legislation was passed. in the Senate on Thursday. . “Families in Uvalde and Buffalo – and many tragic shootings before – have demanded action. And tonight, we acted. This bipartisan legislation will help protect Americans. Children in schools and communities will be safer because of this. The House of Representatives must promptly vote on this bipartisan bill and send it to my table.”

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