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Mitch McConnell just announced that he fully supports the undisclosed bipartisan gun control framework in the Senate right now and says if the legislation looks like the framework, he’ll vote for it:
NEW: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he supports a bipartisan framework on gun safety and will likely vote for legislation that reflects it.
This would make 11 Republicans in favor of the bill which would likely pass the Senate.
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) June 14, 2022
This would make at least 11 Republicans supporting the framework, which would guarantee passage as long as Democrats don’t try and swindle Republicans by adding things to the legislation.
So what’s in this framework? We aren’t exactly sure, but here’s what the Daily Caller got from Roy Blunt, one of the chief negotiators:
The package is centered on funding for state crisis intervention orders, commonly known as red-flag laws, which allow authorities to obtain court orders to seize guns of individuals “determined to be a significant danger to themselves or others.” Other provisions include funding for mental health services and school safety officers.
“The mental health component would be a big part of that,” Blunt added. “I think everybody in our conference, and I believe every member of the Senate, at some point has said that these problems at some fundamental level are the failure of the mental health delivery system.”
“We also talked about school safety, we talked about the importance of having access to juvenile records for young gun buyers like the person at Uvalde, who on his eighteenth birthday, went to have a background check to buy a gun. And since you have no earlier records than 18 available, it’s like that person was born that day. And of course he passed the background check because he has no background legally and officially no matter what his juco [juvenile corrections] record might have suggested.”
So here we go again giving authorities the red flag power to seize someone’s radios. Which, you know, would NEVER be abused by authorities. Because that never happens in this great land.
I suspect, however, that some Democrats in the House and maybe even the Senate might not like whatever this bill ends up being because it doesn’t go far enough. It’s not implausible that Democrats might change the bill at the last minute to add the things they really want, like gun confiscation, which would certainly spoil the bill.
So I’m by no means predicting this framework will end up succeeding into some kind of law. But it’s entirely possible now, given that enough Republicans are on board to get it out of the Senate.