The United States Congress has sent a gun reform bill to President Biden for his signature.
A day after the U.S. Senate passed the measure by a 65-33 vote, the House approved the measure in a 234-193 vote. Fifteen Republicans joined Democrats in the Senate vote, while 14 GOP members signed on with Dems in the House.
Pennsylvania senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey both voted in the affirmative in the Senate. Commonwealth congressmen Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks), Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia), Dwight Evans (D-Philadelphia), Madeliene Dean (D-Montgomery), Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Delaware), Chrissy Houlahan (D-Chester), Susan Wild (D-Lehigh), Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna), Mike Doyle (D-Allegheny) and Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) voted yes in the House.
The “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act” includes enhanced background checks and further clarification on the so-called, “boyfriend loophole,” which prevents domestic abusers – unmarried or not – from purchasing guns. The Act increases funding for mental health and school safety and encourages states to implement “red flag” laws with incentives.
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ken.) told CNN “It is no secret that we have lost ground in suburban areas. We pretty much own rural and small town America, and I think this is a sensible solution to the problem before us, which is school safety and mental health and yes, I hope it will be viewed favorably by voters in the suburbs that we need to regain in order to hopefully be a majority next year.”
Prior to the House vote, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said “”As I say to members all the time with legislation, do not judge it for what isn’t in it. But respect it for what is. And there’s much to be respected in this legislation.”
President Biden said in a statement, “By passing the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, Congress will be taking meaningful action to save lives. This legislation would be one of the most significant steps Congress has taken to reduce gun violence in decades, giving our law enforcement and prosecutors new tools to prosecute gun traffickers.”
Get back to me when Congress bans assault rifles and hi-capacity magazines. Then you can pat Congress on the back. MAGA by doing what Congress did in 1990’s. Pussies and Wimps are all the GOP has in Congress now.
While Congress finally passes a gun safety law, although a very WEAK one, SCOTUS opens the floodgates for concealed carry. A baby step forward and a huge jump back.