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US Senate Firearm Safety Bill When Supreme Court Breaks Handgun Restrictions

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David Morgan and Andrew Chung

Washington — A bipartisan package of gun safety measures advances in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, despite the Supreme Court's significant expansion of guns. The right to arbitrate Americans set to have the constitutional right to carry guns in public for self-defense.

The Senate bill enhances the background checks of gun buyers convicted of domestic violence or serious crimes as a minor. It does not include gun control measures endorsed by the Democratic Party, including President Joe Biden, such as a ban on assault rifles and large magazines. A drastic ruling by the Supreme Court of the Conservative Majority of

6-3 broke New York State's restrictions on carrying hidden pistols out of the house. The court found that the law enacted in 1913 violated the rights of those who "hold the right to arm" under Article 2 of the US Constitutional Amendment.

Breakthrough decisions and Senate votes show deep tensions over US guns. Polls show that the majority of Americans support some new restrictions on firearms. This is usually an increasing demand after mass shootings such as those recently seen in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, NY.

At the same time, conservatives uphold the broad interpretation of the second amendment, which they say limits most new restrictions on the purchase of guns.

The Senate vote follows Biden's ardent speech earlier this month, proclaiming "enough" and encouraging lawmakers to take action.

A bipartisan, safer community law on page 80 keeps guns out of the hands of people the state considers dangerous and convicts them of domestic violence or serious crimes as a boy. We encourage you to strengthen the background checks of the gun buyers you receive.

The Senate has been set up to hold a procedural vote that ticks the clock for up to 30 hours of debate. Democrats urged Republicans to accelerate the process and agree to vote for passage later Thursday.

Congressmen say the bill will save lives by helping stop the flow of gun killings in the United States.

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

"This is not a cure. It's all about all the ways gun violence affects our country, but it's a long arrears in the right direction. It's a step. It's important and will save lives. "

NRA's "Monumental Victory"

The Supreme Court's ruling, prepared by conservative judge Clarence Thomas, states that the Constitution is "for self-defense outside the house." It protects the right of individuals to carry a pistol. "

"This is a monumental victory for NRA members and gun owners across the country. The vicious New York law that left the self-defense of residents to the whims of government officials It has been declared unconstitutional and needs to be changed, "said Jason Wimet, Managing Director of the National Rifle Association Legal Measures Institute. statement.

"This ruling opens the door to correct changes to the laws of the remaining seven states that have not yet granted the right to carry firearms for personal protection.

In the Senate, Republicans who support the new law are one of their most enthusiastic members, claiming that it does not erode the rights of gun owners to comply with the law. .. They also tried to discourage Democrats from making such predictions, saying that the success of current legislation is unlikely to change their party's attitude toward guns.

"It's not enough to touch the overwhelming majority of American gun owners who are citizens of sound spiritual law," said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who supports the bill. McConnell said.

The bill is to prevent states from adopting a "danger signal" law to keep firearms out of the hands of themselves or others who are considered dangerous. Provide funding. It will also fund alternative interventions in states where the Hazard Signals Act is opposed and enhance school safety.

The state closes the "boyfriend loophole" by refusing to buy guns for those convicted of abusing a close partner in a dating relationship, and the state puts it in the national background check database. Allows you to add juvenile delinquency and mental health records.

Senator John Cornyn, the bill's chief Republican negotiator, was booed last week when he discussed the content in a speech before the Republican Convention in his hometown of Texas.

Senator Richard Durbin, a second Democrat of the Chamber of Commerce, said the bill would provide $ 4.5 billion to the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Social Welfare, and the Ministry of Education. Republican aides say the overall price of the bill is estimated at $ 13.3 billion, which was completely offset by funding from elsewhere in the federal budget.

(Report by David Morgan and Andrew Chung, Additional Report by Katharine Jackson, Moira Warburton, Richard Cowan, Edited by Scott Malone, Alistair Bell, Jonathan Oatis)