BREAKING NEWS: Bipartisan group of senators prepares to unveil the biggest gun restriction framework in three decades that WON’T include raising the age to buy a rifle to 21
- A bipartisan group of senators are preparing to unveil on Sunday a parred back version of the House-passed gun control legislation
- It will be the biggest gun restriction framework in nearly three decades
- Will not include raising the age to purchase certain rifles to 21 from 18
- Will establish a federal grant program to encourage the creation of ‘red flag’ laws
- Could include billions for school security and mental healthcare
The Senate is preparing to announce Sunday a bipartisan deal on gun control legislation that would provide a compromise for Democrats who want strict firearms restrictions and Republicans who want to maintain freedoms in the Second Amendment.
While the deal is substantially weaker than the House bills passed last week, three people involved in negotiations told The Washington Post, it will lay out a framework for the most significant federal gun restrictions in nearly three decades.
It’s likely that the deal reached is a pair of modest gun restrictions but significant mental health and school safety investments.
One of the most potentially restrictive aspects of the tentative deal would establish a federal grant program to encourage the creation of ‘red flag’ laws, which would allow authorities to prevent people from buying guns who are deemed by a judge to be a threat to themselves or others.
It would also require for the first time that federal criminal background checks for those seeking to buy a gun under the age of 21 include a search of their juvenile justice records, according to the Sunday Post report.
A bipartisan group of senators are preparing to unveil on Sunday a parred back version of the House-passed gun control framework that will be the biggest in nearly three decades
What the compromise does not include, however, is a provision pushed by Democrats and President Joe Biden that would raise the minimum age to purchase certain rifles from 18 to 21 – while it is already federal law that individuals must be 21 to purchase a handgun.
A long held argument from gun rights activists is that rifles are hunting guns and should be permitted to be purchased by a legal adult.
The pending deal also could give billions to mental health care and new infrastructure and armed officers for school security programs.
Senators Roy Blunt of Missouri, a Republican, and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, a Democrat, want to establish a nationwide network of ‘community behavioral health clinics,’ which several senators said last week could be a cornerstone of any Senate gun legislation deal.
Most Democrats support significantly stronger gun control legislation, like a so-called assault weapons ban and restrictions on high-capacity ammunition magazines. They also want more broad background check expansions than just the potential for an increased instance of ‘red flag’ laws.