US gun reform: plan gets major support from Republicans

WASHINGTON –

A bipartisan group of US senators, including enough Republicans to overcome the chamber’s “filibuster” rule, announced an agreement on Sunday on a framework for potential gun safety legislation.

The bill included support for the state’s “red flag” laws, stricter background checks for firearms buyers under the age of 21, and a crackdown on a practice called “straw buying,” but no other limits Democrats and President would impose. Joe Biden had advocated, such as raising the age for buying semiautomatic rifles to 21 or new limits for assault-style rifles.

Ten Republicans expressed support for the tentative deal, indicating the measure could potentially go through until a vote on the passage and overcome roadblocks by other Republicans opposing most gun control measures.

The talks that led to the framework followed a string of high-profile mass shootings across the United States, including one at a school in Uvalde, Texas, last month that killed 19 young children and another in May at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket. who killed 10 black victims.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, released a statement calling the plan “a good first step” and one that “would limit potential mass shooters’ ability to quickly acquire assault rifles by introducing an improved background check process.” for purchasers of weapons under the age of 21.”

Schumer said he wanted to quickly move a bill to a vote in the Senate once the legal details are worked out.

The United States has the highest number of gun deaths among the wealthy countries in the world. But it is a country where many cherish gun rights, and the Second Amendment to the Constitution protects the right to ‘have and bear arms’.

“Our plan saves lives while protecting the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans,” the group, led by Democrat Chris Murphy and Republican John Cornyn, said in a statement. “We look forward to earning broad, bipartisan support and enacting our common sense proposal into law.”

The agreement was announced a day after tens of thousands gathered in Washington and hundreds of other places in the United States to demand that lawmakers pass legislation aimed at reducing gun violence.

Biden, a Democrat, on June 2 called for a ban on the sale of high-capacity assault weapons and magazines, or, failing that, raising the minimum age to buy those weapons from 18 from 18 to 21. . Biden also urged the repeal of the liability shield that protects arms manufacturers from prosecution for violence committed by people who carry their weapons.

The National Rifle Association, an influential gun rights group closely aligned with Republicans, called Biden’s proposals an infringement of the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

Republican opposition has been critical for decades in thwarting Democrat-backed gun control proposals in Congress.

The Senate is split, with 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans, and the legislation must have 60 votes to overcome a maneuver known as the filibuster.


(Reporting by Richard Cowan in Washington and Brendan O’Brien in Chicago; editing by Will Dunham and Scott Malone)

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