President Biden is expected use his speech tonight to urge lawmakers to act in response to a spate of mass shootings in the US.
President admitted There is little he can do without the support of Republican congressmen to prevent mass shootings.
Here’s where things stand on Capitol Hill:
House: House Judiciary Committee is holding mark on Thursday of a broad package of gun control laws called “Our Child Protection Act“As legislators face massive pressure to act in the wake of recent mass shootings.
House Democrats are turning to vote on gun bills in the aftermath of series of horrific shootings sent shockwaves across the country, including at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and a supermarket in a predominantly black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York.
Many of these measures are inability to pass the SenateHowever, in the context of the GOP’s widespread opposition to stricter gun control. A bipartisan group of senators is engaged in talks to find common ground on gun policy, but it remains unclear what will happen if any.
Democrats introduced the “Children Protection Act,” which consists of a series of individual bills aimed at preventing gun violence. The measure will raise the legal age to purchase certain semi-automatic central shooting rifles 18 to 21 years old, establish new federal gun trafficking crimes and sell large volume magazinesand authorizes local governments to compensate individuals who turn in such journals through a buy-back program.
It would create a tax incentive for the retail sale of secure storage devices and criminal penalties for violating new requirements governing the storage of firearms on residential premises. This measure would also take steps to strengthen existing federal regulations regarding increase stock and ghost gun.
Senate: A bipartisan group of senators is negotiating to see if there is partisan common ground on the new legislation, though it’s far from clear that the bipartisan effort will equate to anything in the environment. highly polarized politics.
Senate discussions revolved around gun measures that are less restrictive than the House Judiciary committee bill, including increasing background checks, encouraging mental health and compliance initiatives “red flag” law.
Senator Chris Murphy, the Connecticut Democrat who helped lead the negotiations, conceded that any deal would have to be “increased” to win at least 10 Republican votes to break the political divide. disagreement in the Senate 50-50 – even as he expressed optimism that a deal could be reached next week.
Mitch McConnell, leader of the Senate GOP, said in his home state of Kentucky on Thursday that he wants a bipartisan agreement that “targets” the issue, which is “school safety and mental illness” and it must “conform with the Second Amendment”” – a stance different from that of many Democrats, who see lax gun laws as the main culprit.
Read more about gun control efforts in Congress here.