Senate Scrambles to Move 2022 Gun Control Legislation; Vote Imminent ~ VIDEO

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Washington, DC – -(AmmoLand.com)- Only hours after announcing a 20-member gang of Democrat and Republican senators had overcome some obstacles and released the text of their “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act,” the U.S. Senate took action on a gun control measure that was immediately condemned by the National Rifle Association.

Senators were in such a hurry to move the bill they voted quickly 64-34 to begin debate almost immediately after the 80-page bill language was released. The Associated Press is reporting that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), a perennial anti-gunner, is predicting quick passage this week, after which the measure will go to the Democrat-controlled House, where Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to fast-track the bill to passage and send it to Joe Biden’s desk.

In a late opposition statement, the NRA said, “we will oppose this gun control legislation because it falls short at every level.”

“It does little to truly address violent crime while opening the door to unnecessary burdens on the exercise of Second Amendment freedom by law-abiding gun owners,” NRA said. “This legislation can be abused to restrict lawful gun purchases, infringe upon the rights of law-abiding Americans, and use federal dollars to fund gun control measures being adopted by state and local politicians. This bill leaves too much discretion in the hands of government officials and also contains undefined and overbroad provisions – inviting interference with our constitutional freedoms.”

On the other hand, John Feinblatt, president of anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, threw his weight behind the legislation. The Washington Post quoted Feinblatt declaring the nation is “one big step closer to breaking the 26-year logjam that has blocked Congressional action to protect Americans from gun violence.”

Senators are in a hurry to complete this process before the July 4th, 2022 recess begins.

So-Called Boyfriend Loophole

Included in the package is language addressing the so-calledboyfriend loophole by limiting gun rights for non-spouse dating partners who are convicted of domestic abuse,” as noted by NBC News.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said the measure does not include a national “red flag” law. That is up to the states, he said.

“One of the things we agreed upon,” he added, “is that they have to have robust due process protections.”

Due process has been an area of major concern among Second Amendment advocates. They see such laws as open to abuse.

There is a provision in the bill, Cornyn said, that will allow someone convicted of non-spousal misdemeanor domestic abuse to “have an opportunity after five years to have their Second Amendment rights restored. But they have to have a clean record.”

As explained by the Associated Press, “the bill would provide $750 million to the 19 states and the District of Columbia that have ‘red flag’ laws making it easier to temporarily take firearms from people adjudged dangerous, and to other states with violence prevention programs. States with “red flag” laws that receive the funds would have to have legal processes for the gun owner to fight the firearm’s removal.”

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) insisted the legislation will save lives, an argument used in the past by gun control proponents to support whatever gun control legislation was being pushed at the time.

The bill makes a significant contribution to mental health, Murphy said, with money for support programs for both adults and school-age children.

Both Murphy and Cornyn portrayed the legislation as a “compromise” during remarks on the Senate floor.

Among the highlights:

  • “Red Flag” money grants to all states, …even if they do not adopt such laws.
  • So-called “enhanced background checks” for young adults ages 18-21, with three business days to conduct the checks and allowing up to 10 days if there is “cause for further investigation.
  • Language is added to prevent straw purchases, making it illegal to buy a gun for another person they know or have reason to believe “intends to use, carry, possess, or sell or otherwise dispose of the firearm in furtherance of a felony, a Federal crime of terrorism, or a drug trafficking crime; or intends to sell or otherwise dispose of the firearm to a person” who is disqualified.

“I know this bill is not going to please everyone,” Cornyn acknowledged.

While this legislation is ostensibly about protecting children and communities, there are mentions of racketeering and money laundering and it adds a definition of “dating relationship” that “means a relationship between individuals who have or have recently had a continuing serious relationship of a romantic or intimate nature.”

The bill also calls for the establishment of a “Federal Clearinghouse on School Safety Evidence-based Practices” within the Department of Homeland Security.

The Washington Post quoted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who called the bill “a commonsense package of popular steps that will help make these horrifying incidents less likely while fully upholding the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.”

The final language, as noted by the Associated Press, “lacks far more potent proposals” supported by Biden and Capitol Hill Democrats. These include a ban on so-called “assault-style weapons” and raising the minimum age from 18 to 21 in order to purchase modern semi-auto rifles. There is also no language banning so-called “high-capacity” ammunition magazines or mandating so-called “universal background checks” on all gun transactions.

Democrats need the votes of at least ten Republicans to hit the magic 60-vote mark in order for the bill to pass.

2022 Bipartisan Safer Communities Act Text


About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms, and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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Boz

lf these tyrants “pass” this fiIth of so-called ‘legislation’, then the course of action I’d recommend is a course of action that I can not recommend out Ioud.

hippybiker

Traitorous Dog! If our founders were here right now, all the Sh*t eating dogs would be dancing on the air!

1895-45-70

Why isn’t anyone talking about these 1st person shooter video games that are enabling our youth by tactical training and desensitizing them to killing? These are more dangerous in creating learned behavior that enables such tragedies as we’ve been seeing than the firearm used!

Henry Bowman

Assuming we EVER have secure, honest elections, VOTE OUT Cocaine Mitch in the next primary!!!

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Jonesy

And the Wonderfully Incompetent FBI is to get $!00,000,000.

ALL GUN LAWS ARE INFRINGEMENTS

14 Republicans voted yes on gun Control: Vote them out! Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.) 

Russn8r

If this is important to you, Dave – you know, like keeping the “Winning Team” grifters in power at NRA – why no useful action info?

Were you an actual activist, you’d know that every reader could be calling the local offices of every possible turncoat who is possibly-vulnerable and therefore possibly-receptive, in every state, not just their own.

You might as well write: “Thanks for reading Ammoland. That’s all you need to do. Reading is Winning!”

john

Good Morning Dave The republic is at stake our country is in the hands of the gobealest while the democrats and the rhinos are doing their bidding. The leaders of the Republican party have shown their true colors and they are not red,white & blue. Readers here at Ammoland understand the disregard for our constitution by those elected in Washington. I am sad to say it now incompasses both parties our elected have learned to lie while looking the public in the eye. The media is complacent in the propaganda it unleashes daily. Is there a road to the future… Read more »

Grigori

Got a message from NRA urging me to call Lindsey Graham and urge him to not go with the compromise bill. In this instance, I think NRA is correct. Called Lindsey’s number. It gave me a voice mail selection to express my views. Guess what? Voice mail was full. Now going to call a local office in SC.

Also called Senator Tim Scott’s office to express opposition.

Henry Bowman

Me too, somehow the NRA got my phone## and sent me a text alert. I was a bit irked, it’s been forever since I quit the NRA and they should not have either my email or phone. I’m sure that if the NRA could find out my undisclosed phone & email, then you KNOW that the goobermint has EVERYTHING on me, you, everyone… NRA, NSA.. one in the same, apparently.

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