Two key negotiators on a bipartisan gun control bill announced Tuesday that they have reached an agreement on the language of the law, which, if passed, would be the most significant federal gun control measure enacted in decades.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), the top Democratic negotiator, said on the Senate floor that the bill would fund a federal program to encourage states to invest in red-flag laws, which would allow courts to protect those individuals. Allows for suspending the access of the gun to those who are considered a. danger to himself or others.
According to Murphy, the bill would also mandate “increased background checks” for gun buyers under the age of 21, including “calling the local police department,” which could put buyers at risk from law enforcement suspects. .
Murphy and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said the bill closes the “boyfriend” loophole by prohibiting non-spouses convicted of domestic abuse from purchasing a firearm for at least five years.
Current federal gun restrictions relating to domestic abuse only apply in relationships involving a spouse, a partner with whom the abuser lives, or a partner with whom the abuser has a child.
“Historic investments in mental health,” Murphy said, “funding for school-based health centers and new legislation to curb gun trafficking are also in the bill.
Cornyn, who spoke on the Senate floor before Murphy, took several measures he said were not in the bill, such as a ban on assault weapons, universal background checks and a mandatory waiting period for gun purchases. .