Bipartisan Group of Senators Craft Gun-Safety Frameworks

On Sunday, a bipartisan group of 20 senators crafted a framework for gun safety legislation. If passed, it would represent the most significant gun legislation of the last 30 years.

Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) tweeted out the details that include: major funding to help states pass and implement crisis intervention orders, red flag laws that allow law enforcement to temporarily take away weapons from people who pose an imminent danger, enhanced background checks for those under 21 years old, and billions in new funding for mental health and school safety programs.

In addition, the legislation would close the “boyfriend loop” so that no domestic abuser or spouse can buy a gun if convicted of abuse against their partner. It would also be the first-ever federal law against gun trafficking and straw purchasing and includes clarification on the current laws regarding who needs to register as a licensed gun dealer.

While the bill does not ban assault weapons, and many negotiating the deal admit it doesn’t do everything needed to end the gun violence epidemic, it represents meaningful and effective change.

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