US Senate passes reform for better protection against gun violence
One step forward, one step back: the US Senate has decided to toughen gun laws. At the same time, the Supreme Court made it easier to carry a firearm concealed.
A month after the Texas elementary school massacre, the US Senate passed legislation to improve gun violence protections. The reform was passed Thursday night (local time) by a bipartisan majority of 65 to 33. Experts say it was the most significant tightening of federal gun laws in decades — even s It was a non-partisan minimum compromise that critics have called utterly inadequate.
The text of the law will now be sent to the House of Representatives, where a speedy approval was also expected. President Joe Biden must then sign the law. The Democrat said “after a 28-year stalemate” over gun laws, officials from both parties have moved to confront “the scourge of gun violence.”
Tonight, bipartisan members of Congress passed legislation to address the scourge of gun violence across America.
Our children and our nation will be safer because of this bill. The House of Representatives should vote quickly and send it to my office.
— President Biden (@POTUS) June 24, 2022
“The bipartisan law will help protect Americans. Children in schools and communities will be safer because of this,” Biden said. Biden said he would sign the law immediately after it is approved by the House of Representatives. He previously called the law insufficient but a step in the right direction.
No ban on assault rifles
Among other things, the law provides for more intensive screening of potential gun buyers under the age of 21. It’s also about expanding state laws that allow weapons to be confiscated from potentially dangerous people. Illegal arms trafficking should be punishable at the federal level. Billions of US dollars also need to be invested in mental health care and anti-violence programs. Funds are also earmarked for school safety.
Many Republicans argue that the rise in gun attacks is due to an increase in mental illness, not the ready availability of guns. The law does not include the ban on assault rifles demanded by Biden and other Democrats.
On May 24, an 18-year-old shot and killed 19 children and two teachers with an assault rifle at the elementary school in the small Texas town of Uvalde. The incident rocked the country and prompted Senate negotiations to reform gun laws.
Make it easier to carry a concealed weapon
Amid the gun violence debate, the country’s Supreme Court on Thursday expanded the right to bear arms in public. The Supreme Court struck down a more than 100-year-old New York state law that requires you have a valid reason to get a license to carry a concealed handgun outside the home. Two men complained about it. Similar laws exist in states like California, New Jersey or Massachusetts. In other parts of the United States, on the other hand, there are virtually no restrictions.
“We are not aware of any other constitutional right that individuals may only exercise if they can demonstrate a particular need to the authorities,” the verdict read. The court’s decision was six to three – the three justices, considered liberal, did not join the conservative majority. (dpa)