U.S. Senate Passes Gun Safety Bill as Supreme Court Knocks Down Handgun Limits

U.S. Senate Passes Gun Safety Bill
U.S. Senate Passes Gun Safety Bill

The Supreme Court’s recent decision that Americans have a constitutional right to carry handguns in public for self-defense has broadened gun rights, but that hasn’t stopped the Senate from passing a bipartisan package of modest gun safety measures late on Thursday.

Weeks after mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, killed more than 30 people, including 19 children, the landmark court ruling and Senate action on gun safety illustrates the deep divide over firearms in the United States.

U.S. Senate Passes Gun Safety Bill

With a vote of 65 to 33, the Senate passed the first significant gun control legislation in three decades. This is significant because the United States has the highest gun ownership per capita and the highest annual mass shooting totals among wealthy nations.

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Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the floor before the vote, “This is not a cure-all for the ways gun violence affects our nation, but it is a long-overdue step in the right direction.”

The bill’s backers claim it will prevent senseless deaths, but it’s actually quite mild; the main restriction on gun ownership is more stringent background checks for people who have been convicted of serious crimes such as minors or domestic violence.

U.S. Senate Passes Gun Safety Bill
U.S. Senate Passes Gun Safety Bill

More comprehensive gun control measures, such as a ban on assault-style rifles or high-capacity magazines, were favored by Democrats including President Joe Biden, but Republicans refused to compromise on these measures.

The conservative majority on the Supreme Court voted to overturn New York’s restrictions on concealed carry earlier on Thursday.

According to the ruling, the 1913 law infringed on the right to “keep and bear arms” guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Fifteen Republicans joined all fifty Democrats in supporting the bill in the Senate vote on Thursday night.

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House, issued a statement in which she expressed her approval of the bill’s passage and promised a vote on it as soon as possible on Friday.

Since Democrats control the House, Republicans have instructed their members to vote against the bill even though their votes are not necessary for the bill to pass.

Biden plans to sign the bill into law once it passes the House. Two weeks after President Biden’s passionate speech declaring “enough” to gun violence and urging lawmakers to act, the Senate took action.

The demand for stricter gun laws typically increases in the wake of tragic events like the shootings in Texas and New York, where dozens of people were killed.

Democrats have expressed concern that the Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday could have far-reaching effects on gun control efforts.

On June 22, 2022, in Washington, DC, U.S.A., Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) addressed reporters after the Senate Democrats’ weekly policy lunch.

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