13 June 2022
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators has reached a deal. It means U.S. gun laws could soon be changing.
Esme Murphy has been checking in with Minnesota leaders on what is being called breakthrough legislation. It is the first time in a generation that enough Democrats and Republicans have agreed on any form of gun control legislation.
The announcement was made by a bipartisan group of Senators Sunday and it is just as significant for what it does not have in the proposal as what it does have.
It does not have universal background checks or universal red flag provisions.
It does have funding incentives for states to pass red flag laws.
It also has tougher background checks for those under 21, which would include examining mental health and prior juvenile criminal records.
In both the Uvalde and Buffalo shootings, the gunmen were 18 years old and had purchased their guns legally.
Local Gun control advocates say while they would have liked the Senate compromise to go a lot farther, it is a major start.
“It’s a big deal. It’s exciting and it’s the first time in 26 years that there has been any possibility of meaningful movement at the federal level on gun safety,” said Molly Leutz of Minnesota Moms Demand Action.
The Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus put out this statement:
“We anxiously await the actual legislative text of the proposals shared in the U.S. Senate’s gun control framework. As we have often seen, the unintended consequences of these proposals extend well beyond simple political talking points.”
This compromise does have a way to go. Details and language must be hammered out.
However, because this has the support of 10 Republicans, it does for right now, have enough backing to overcome procedural obstacles in the Senate.