House passes gun safety bill, sends it to President Biden
The Senate did pass a gun safety bill that was up for a vote in the House today, so it is not all terrible news for the United States of America. Legislation that has cleared the Senate and House and now goes to Vice President Joe Biden for his signature is officially law after the vetting process was completed.
Last Thursday, New Yorkers voted to enact a law that makes it easier to carry a gun in public, which is counter to this measure. But this is a federal reform package, and it is the largest that Congress has approved in almost 30 years. The vote to approve the sale of these firearms was at last 234 to 193. Fourteen Republican senators voted in favour of this measure to reduce gun violence.
This legislation will increase funding for school security and mental health programmes across the country and mandate universal background checks for all minors who purchase a firearm. The so-called “boyfriend loophole” was also addressed, and efforts are being made to encourage the implementation of “red flag” regulations to identify and remove possible threats. Each state that passes one of these laws receives funding to help remove weapons from people who have been judged a danger to themselves or others.
This is a watershed moment for gun control legislation in the United States and will have far-reaching effects right away. If a state chooses not to red flag legislation, that funding might be reallocated to other crisis prevention initiatives. Buyers must wait 10 business days for the evaluation to be completed on applicants between the ages of 18 and 21 who are subject to a background check.
The lover loophole’s significance for women’s gun rights cannot be overstated. Because of this ambiguity, women were at risk of experiencing domestic abuse with firearms. The intent of this legislation is to close that particular legal gap. Existing legislation made it illegal for those who had been convicted of domestic violence against their spouse or live-in partner and/or their children to purchase firearms.
If your boyfriend or significant other is abusive, you will be held accountable under the new legislation. President Joe Biden would gladly sign this package now that the House has approved it, despite the fact that it comes during a difficult week for him due to the reversal of the Roe v. Wade verdict and the passage of the New York gun bill. At least this week the United States has some positive news to cheer.