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US Senate passes gun safety bill as Supreme Court overrules handgun limits MPNRC

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Democrats warned that Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling could have dire consequences for gun safety across the country.

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“The Supreme Court got the ruling wrong,” Senator Chris Murphy, the lead Democratic negotiator on gun safety legislation, said in an interview.

Murphy, in whose home state of Connecticut 26 people were killed, said, “I am deeply concerned about the court’s ability to protect our constituents from elected bodies and that this would have real serious implications for the security of our country.” Is.” In a 2012 shooting at an elementary school.

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Conservatives defend a broad reading of the Second Amendment, which they say limits most of the new restrictions on gun purchases.

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The Senate’s 80-page bipartisan Safe Communities Act would encourage states to keep guns out of the hands of those deemed dangerous and tighten background checks for gun buyers convicted of crimes as significant as domestic violence or juveniles .

According to the non-profit research group, the Gun Violence Archive, more than 20,800 people have died in gun violence in the United States in 2022, including homicide and suicide.

‘Memorial victory’

A Supreme Court decision authored by conservative Justice Clarence Thomas declared that the Constitution “protects the right of a person to carry a weapon for self-defense outside the home.”

“This is a major victory for NRA members and gun owners across the country,” Jason Oumet, executive director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, said in a statement.

“This decision opens the door to rightly changing the law in the seven remaining states that still do not recognize the right to carry a firearm for personal protection.”

In the Senate, Republican supporters of the new gun safety bill said the measure does not erode the rights of law-abiding gun owners, who are among their most enthusiastic constituents.

“This does not touch the rights of the overwhelming majority of American gun owners, who are law-abiding citizens of sound mind,” said Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

The bill provides funds to help states adopt “red flag” laws to keep firearms out of the hands of those considered to be a danger to themselves or others. It will also fund alternative intervention measures in states where red flag laws are opposed and provide increased school safety.

It closes the “boyfriend loophole” by denying the purchase of guns to people convicted of abusing intimate partners in dating relationships, although they will be allowed to buy again if there is no further punishment or punishment. .

It also allows states to add juvenile criminal and mental health records to the national background check database.

The key Republican negotiator on the bill, Senator John Cornyn, was booed last week as he discussed its contents during a speech ahead of a Republican convention in his home state of Texas.

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