U.S. Senate Reaches Agreement On Gun Control Bill

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By Bethany Blankley [The Center Square contributor] –

The U.S. Senate voted late Tuesday to advance a gun control bill with 14 Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, joining Democrats to approve the measure.

The vote was reached after weeks of negotiating a bipartisan bill in response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, in which a gunman shot and killed 19 children and two teachers.

“Today, we finalized bipartisan, commonsense legislation to protect America’s children, keep our schools safe, and reduce the threat of violence across our country,” the leaders of the negotiations, Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.; John Cornyn, R-Texas; Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Thom Tillis, R-N.C. said in a joint statement.

“Our legislation will save lives and will not infringe on any law-abiding American’s Second Amendment rights. We look forward to earning broad, bipartisan support and passing our commonsense legislation into law.”

They also said that their bill “follows their previously released bipartisan proposal supported by Senate leaders from both parties and a bipartisan group of 20 Senators,” and released the full text of the bill.

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The vote was 64-34, and the Senate moved to send the bill to the House for concurrence.

The bill is expected to be fast tracked in order for the Senate to vote on it before they recess for the July 4th holiday.


Republicans who voted for the bill were Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sens. Roy Blunt, Richard Burr, Shelley Moore Capito, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, John Cornyn, Joni Ernst, Lindsey Graham, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, Thom Tillis, Todd Young, the Senate Press Gallery reported.

All Democrats voted for the bill; two Republican senators didn’t vote: Pat Toomey and Kevin Cramer.

The proposal would require an enhanced background check for gun buyers under age 21 and implement “a short pause to conduct the check. Young buyers can get the gun only after the enhanced check is completed,” Murphy explained when first announcing the agreement.

The “enhanced review process” would add a three-day review period during which buyers under age 21 would have any juvenile and mental health records reviewed prior to being able to purchase a firearm. The law doesn’t ban 18-year-olds from purchasing a firearm. The enhanced review period would expire after 10 years, according to the bill language.

The bill also provides clarification on who needs to register as a licensed gun dealer, to ensure “all truly commercial sellers are doing background checks,” Murphy also explained.

The joint announcement doesn’t mention “red flag laws.” Instead, it says their plan supports state crisis intervention orders. It “provides resources to states and tribes to create and administer laws that help ensure deadly weapons are kept out of the hands of individuals whom a court has determined to be a significant danger to themselves or others, consistent with state and federal due process and constitutional protections.”

But it closes the so-called “‘boyfriend loophole,’ so that no domestic abuser – a spouse or a serious dating partner – can buy a gun if they are convicted of abuse against their partner.”

This provision includes banning a misdemeanor domestic violence offender with a “current or recent former dating relationship with the victim” from purchasing or owning a firearm. A court would define a “dating relationship” and the ban would be removed after five years if the offender doesn’t commit any offenses.

The bill also proposes $750 million for mental health and school safety, and a national buildout of community mental health clinics.

It doesn’t include a ban on semiautomatic rifles or limit the number of bullets magazines can hold, proposals Democrats, including President Joe Biden, have called for.

About the Author: Bethany Blankley is a writer at the Center Square, Patheos/Hedgerow, political analyst and former press secretary at Capitol Hill / NY / WDC. Follow Bethany on Twitter @BethanyBlankley.

9 thoughts on “U.S. Senate Reaches Agreement On Gun Control Bill

  • June 22, 2022 at 5:37 pm

    Explain to me why so called gun control is only for the law abiding citizens and not criminals????
    Ky should get rid of McConnell. He is nothing but a big liberal and really needs to go. Heck after 40 plus years it is time to change the daiper.

    • June 24, 2022 at 12:14 pm

      I so agree we have way to many of his kind in the GOP.

  • June 22, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    The erosion of the second amendment continues. When Republicans don’t hold fast to the constitution they are trading our liberties. Time for McConnell to go.

  • June 22, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    1) If they pass the background check then then should be able to buy whichever gun they want or as many as they want. 2) How about red flag laws? 3) They talked about one part restoring gun rights after five years. If they are rights then why are they being taken in the first place? 4) A ten day waiting period? Good idea. Ten day waiting period at a gun store. Ten day waiting period at an abortion clinic. Good for one, good for the other.

  • June 22, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    ALL these turn coat Republican’s need to be recalled and Voted out of office ASAP!! They are nothing more than Democrats eroding the freedoms of the Law abiding American people. True Traitors to the Constitution they took a OATH to uphold. The whole lot should be tried for TREASON .

    • June 23, 2022 at 12:40 pm


  • June 24, 2022 at 12:19 pm

    WELL the SUPREAM COURT just ruled you have a RIGHT to carry a gun outside of the home. AND it is time TN. law stands with the CONSTITUTION.BIDEN or the DEMOCRATS don’t follow the law of the land, JUST LOOK what we have going on at our SOUTHERN BORDER. IF the government does not follow our laws

  • June 26, 2022 at 2:36 am

    Yrs ago then Sen. Paul Laxalt R-Nv said, in effect; every day congress is in session Americans loose a little bit of their rights.
    At 67 I have never heard of a politician honoring their oath of office and nothing more.

  • August 2, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    A bill targeting law Abiding citizens and not putting any teeth in current gun laws. Teeth like mandatory 10 year, no-parole sentences for using a gun in a crime. If murder using a gun 30 years no-parole. Lying on an firearm application 5 years no-parole.

    Until the traitors in congress do something like the above, you must know this is only about confiscating all firearm. And nothing less.


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