According to The Washington Times, Congress appears set to pass its first major piece of gun control legislation in decades.
Bill received support from Sen. Mitch McConnell
That comes after the Senate voted for a bill that will expand background checks to include juvenile records and provide funding for states to pass “red flag laws.”
Under the latter, authorities can seize the firearms of those who are suspected of posing a danger to themselves or others despite not being convicted of any crime.
The bill was passed with support from several Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“The American people do not have to choose between safer schools and the Constitution, and neither does the United States Senate,” the Times quoted McConnell as saying.
He added that “the American people want their constitutional rights protected and their kids to be safe in school. They want both those things at once. And that is just what the bill before the Senate will help accomplish.”
McConnell’s Democratic counterpart, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer also praised the bill saying, “Americans have waited long enough. Let us finish our job today.
“As we take the final steps in this process, few could have anticipated we’d reach this point just a few weeks ago the morning after the tragedy in Uvalde,” Schumer continued.
“This is not a cure-all for all the ways gun violence affects our nation, but it is a long-overdue step. … It’s significant, it’s going to save lives, and it’s my intention to get it done as soon as we can,” the Senate majority leader insisted.
Tucker Carlson warns that red flag laws will “end due process”
However, many conservatives argued that the new measures are a threat to personal freedom that will do little to improve public safety.
Among them is Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who last week complained that “red flag laws will not end mass shootings” but will instead “end due process.”
“Under red flag laws, the government doesn’t have to prove you did anything wrong in order to strip you of your most basic rights,” he said. “All that’s required to punish you is a complaint, possibly even an anonymous complaint in which somebody says you seem dangerous.