Though nearly a month has passed since the tragic mass shooting that took place in Uvalde, Texas, which claimed the lives of 19 children and two teachers, a bipartisan group of senators are seeing some level of success with a new gun control bill.
According to The Hill, on Tuesday night the Senate voted 64–34 in favor of advancing an 80-page gun safety bill that will “strengthen background check requirements for gun buyers under 21, provide funding to states to administer red flag laws and provide billions of dollars in new federal funding for mental health services.”
The bipartisan Senate group that helped cobble together the bill received the blessing of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who was one of 14 Republicans to vote in favor of advancing the bill.
McConnell’s support for the bill didn’t sit well with the National Rifle Association (NRA), which announced its opposition to the bill before it passed, especially because of the inclusion of the red flag angle, which essentially strips away due process for law-abiding gun owners.
NRA fires back
The pro-gun organization, responsible for protecting Americans’ Second Amendment rights for decades, issued a strong rebuke to the legislation.
“We will oppose this gun control legislation because it falls short at every level,” said the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.
The group added: “It does little to truly address violent crime while opening the door to unnecessary burdens on the exercise of Second Amendment freedom by law-abiding gun owners.”
🚨BREAKING: NRA Announces Opposition to Senate Gun Control Legislation
“This legislation can be abused to restrict lawful gun purchases, infringe upon the rights of law-abiding Americans, & use fed dollars to fund gun control measures being adopted by state & local politicians.” pic.twitter.com/tXriTiWLzw
— NRA (@NRA) June 21, 2022
All of the Republicans who voted in favor of the “gun safety” bill have high ratings with the NRA, with McConnell having an “A+” grade, though that’s likely to change now that they’ve supported a bill that could actually infringe on Second Amendment rights.
Schumer’s loving it
Not surprisingly, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) appeared excited to finally pass any kind of gun safety bill to appease his radical base of anti-gun constituents.
“With an initial procedural vote tonight and flowing that, we will move to final passage as soon as possible. I expect the bill to pass the Senate by week’s end,” the majority leader said Tuesday night on the Senate floor.
Only time will tell if the bill ultimately receives enough Republican support to pass a final Senate vote, but with the November midterms right around the corner, it doesn’t seem likely.