By: Laurie A. McCarthy, Esquire
Following the horrific school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two teaches were killed, a bipartisan group of United States Senators began negotiating a deal on a package of safety and gun related measures.
On Sunday, June 12, 2022, the group of 20 Senators (10 Democrats and 10 Republicans) announced that they reached an agreement on what they refer to as a “commonsense” proposal that would reduce the threat of gun violence across the country. The Senators touted the plan as one that will save lives while also protecting the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans.
The Senators signed a statement announcing the framework of the deal that would pair modest new gun restrictions with significant new mental health and school security investments. The proposal has not been written into legislative text yet, but it includes money to encourage states to pass and implement red flag laws to remove guns from potentially dangerous people, money for school safety and mental health resources, expanded background checks for gun purchases for people between the ages of 18 and 21, and penalties for illegal straw purchases by convicted criminals.
The Senators are broadly optimistic that the bipartisan agreement will pass the Senate, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pledged to put a bill on the floor as soon as possible once legislation is written. If the announced framework gets enacted into law, it will be the most significant piece of gun safety legislation to make it through Congress in 26 years.
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