It’s official: another piece of federal gun control legislation is on the books.
Fox reports that President Joe Biden has signed the so-called Bipartisan Safer Communities Act bill into law.
Early days in the Senate
This particular $13 billion bill started off in the U.S. Senate in response to the recent mass shootings that have taken place, particularly the school shooting that took place in Uvalde, Texas.
As for the bill’s contents, Breitbart News reports, “The $13 billion bill would make it harder for gun purchasers under 18 to buy weapons, strengthen background checks, fund state efforts to enact red flag laws, and also fund school safety and mental health.”
Given the current 50-50 makeup of the Senate, the bill would not have been able to be passed without significant Republican support. And, Senate Democrats got just that with no less than 15 Senate Republicans joining them in voting for the bill. The final tally was 65-33.
The Senate Republicans who voted for the bill include Senate Minority Leady Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Sens. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Richard Burr (R-NC), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Susan Collins (R-ME), John Cornyn (R-TX), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Rob Portman (R-OH), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Todd Young (R-IN).
Through the House
Next up, the bill headed over to the House of Representatives. On Friday, it made it through the House by a tally of 234-193.
Once again, a number of so-called Republicans voted in favor of the bill.
These Republicans include Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Tom Rice (R-SC), John Katko (R-NY), Maria Salazar (R-FL), Chris Jacobs (R-NY), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Peter Meijer (R-MI), Fred Upton (R-MI), Tony Gonzales (R-TX), Steve Chabot (R-OH), Mike Turner (R-OH), David Joyce (R-OH), Anthony Gonzales (R-OH).
Biden finished the job
All that was left after this was for President Joe Biden to sign the bill into law, and that is what he did on Saturday.
“Today, we say ‘More than enough,’” Biden said. “This is a monumental day.”
“Time is of the essence,” he added. “Lives will be saved.”