Biden Signs Bipartisan ‘Safer Communities Act’ with Help from These 15 GOP Senators

In case you missed it over the weekend, President Biden signed into law the bipartisan “Safer Communities Act.” 

The first major, federal gun-control package in nearly three decades, it does all of the following and more: 

  • Incentivizes states to adopt confiscatory “red flag” schemes 
  • Expands background checks for adults under 21 which may create delays
  • Makes changes to the definition of FFL, those “engaged in the business” of buying and selling firearms
  • Broadens “gun trafficking” offenses that could ensnare unsuspecting citizens 

“While this bill doesn’t do everything I want, it does include actions I’ve long called for that are going to save lives,” Biden said on Saturday before putting pen to paper.  

“Today, we say more than enough. We say more than enough,” he added. “At a time when it seems impossible to get anything done in Washington, we are doing something consequential.”

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The National Rifle Association was sharp in its criticism of the legislation.  

“The NRA cannot and will not support senseless gun control measures that some in Congress have already said is just a first step that ‘paves the way’ for additional gun control that will only infringe on the rights of the law-abiding,” the organization said in a statement obtained by GunsAmerica.  

“These measures were hastily jammed through with ambiguous language and overbroad definitions to appease gun control supporters in Congress,” it continued.  “Behind the façade and the contrived talking points of safety, school security and mental health, this is a gun control bill. That’s why the NRA strongly opposed it.”

The Safer Communities Act cleared the Senate on Thursday by a vote of 65-33.  All the Democrats supported the legislation along with 15 Republicans:  

  • Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky
  • Sen. John Cornyn of Texas
  • Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri
  • Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina
  • Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia
  • Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana
  • Sen. Susan Collins of Maine
  • Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
  • Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio
  • Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah
  • Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina
  • Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania
  • Sen. Todd Young of Indiana

Like the NRA, the Firearms Policy Coalition also fears that the Biden administration may try to use this momentum to push through other, more draconian measures.  For example, bans on modern sporting rifles and standard capacity magazines.  

Right now, at this very moment, it doesn’t appear that there is much of an appetite in Washington to do more on the gun control front. However, that’s no reason to let our guard down. As the saying goes, eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

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About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • KC July 8, 2022, 10:35 pm

    I have noticed Jill standing by the President when signing a bill to make sure he spells his name right.

  • Gregory Romeu July 5, 2022, 1:56 pm

    I still have 40 acres on the Texas border if anyone with backbone that has the time to come out set-up, train, WORK HARD to acclimate to the harsh western Texas environnent to get ready to give the Texas border sheriffs, Texas DPS and U.S. Border Patrol the trained, disciplined and proper manpower backup that they are going to need to stop the 10’s of THOUSANDS of Democrat Voters that are illegally entering our country EVERY DAY! This isn’t going to be a situation for tghiose that have no spine, or the time and intelligence to perservere under ANY and ALL conditions and YES, IT WILL BE ON YOUR OWN DIME unless further indicated. HINT” This isn’t for armchair heroes and pussies. This is REAL WORLD, TEXAS! See: http://facebook.com/F.O.B.Harmony

  • RAY July 5, 2022, 11:17 am

    TRAITORS ALL OF THEM!

  • Jeff July 4, 2022, 5:34 pm

    “Under no pretext should arms and ammunition be surrendered; any attempt to disarm the workers must be frustrated, by force if necessary”

    ― Karl Marx

  • Bill July 4, 2022, 5:22 pm

    ALL OF THESE TRAITORS NEED TO BE HUNG.

  • Dale July 4, 2022, 3:04 pm

    EVERY democrat in this country is a NAZI and so are the republicans that sided with them. There are no conservative democrats. The liberal trolls on the internet are spies, and we know what happens to spies. There is no more time for talk and there is no bi-partisanship. People either see it the way the dems do or they’ll attack. Time to attack back. Every word that comes from the democrats mouths are lies backed up with NO FACTS or STATISTICAL EVIDENCE. Just like the New York governor, they don’t need facts, they just need you to bow down, walk the fine line they’ve laid out, pay your sky high taxes so they can use the money against you and keep your mouth shut. Subvert the Supreme Court, make a mockery of God given rights and common sense laws, trample the Constitution and burn cities then blame someone else, these are all part of the NAZI democrats bible, if they even have a bible.

    • Dano July 8, 2022, 6:05 am

      Grow up. This is a nothingburger when it comes to 2a rights. Anyone who opposes these minimal steps to keep lunatics from so easily acquiring guns must be a lunatic themselves.

  • Jonathan Hasse July 4, 2022, 7:43 am

    One more small totalitarian step toward Communism.

    • Roger July 4, 2022, 1:53 pm

      Another air-deprived genius spouting idiotic rhetoric without even understanding what he was saying. We all barely avoided authoritarianism (not communism, get some education before you open your mouth and make a fool of yourself)with the defeat of the criminal, ego-maniacal, racist, misogynist, lunatic trump. -that WOULD have been a step toward loss of democracy. It amazes people that so many of these soapbox intellectuals are so uneducated, uninformed, and cannot get through their compliance bias to accept the truth. We’ll, with a group of the present republicans not willing to help others or compromise in the tinniest degree we will get to this totalitarianism rule you opened with,
      And if by some cruel fate trump gets reelected ted you can definitely kiss your democratic azz goodbye! In the meantime you and others like you, need to open your mind to the truth not some prattle and bs that pulls the ring thru your nose, and try to get some historical education based on facts not on trump lies!

      • Ketchum Kenny August 2, 2022, 10:59 am

        Spoken like a true Commie, Roger that.

    • pete July 4, 2022, 3:53 pm

      another idiotic poster spouting off not having a clue as to what they are saying, “communism, totalitarianism,” bet you have no idea other than the spelling about these function….and to mention them as you did, together commingled shows the ignorance! go back to high school and learn something.

      • Hondo July 6, 2022, 8:14 am

        You two clowns lost ? @pete@roger, why don’t you two panty waists go troll something you dopes can grasp like NAMBLA, I know you two are proud members.

    • Dano July 8, 2022, 6:05 am

      Nonsense do you even know what communism is?

  • Greg July 4, 2022, 7:22 am

    It’s time these individuals are voted out!!!

    • Ardvark July 4, 2022, 9:08 am

      Good luck with that, has not worked out in the past and after the fraud that will will occur during the midterms with the dems, these clowns will still be acting like democrats! The country needs a third party that actually represents the people, but that will never be allowed to happen! The Republican Party is a joke, but it is all the people have for a choice, poor one, but the only one!

  • Willie-O July 4, 2022, 4:34 am

    First, “compromise” with regard to firearms actually means that those on the pro 2A/gun side give up something, while gaining nothing. Let there be no doubt that the anti 2A/gun side’s ultimate goal is to disarm private citizens. Period. In 2016, Hillary Clinton’s #2 (under Podesta) admitted during the campaign that Clinton’s goal was to do away with guns. She thought she was talking to a supporter and didn’t know she was being recorded. Furthermore she said it was perfectly acceptable to lie about it to the American people for the “greater good” – the end justified the means. Joy Behar (the View) said exactly the same thing. The liberals on the L are Marxist radicals and they are the power players in the Democrat party. Their ultimate goal is to disarm – they want your MSR’s, revolvers, semi-auto’s, shotguns…..if it goes bang, it’s evil and it must be eliminated.

    • mauser6863 July 4, 2022, 10:26 am

      Well look on the “Bright Side”. The Democratic-Republican Wall Street War Party isn’t good enough for the Demorats. They are working to create a One-Party State like they have in California and the North East. In California, they only allow the top two candidates in the primary to advance to the general election, so no Republicans need bother to run for any state wide office. Kamala Harris was the first to benefit from this as she ran against another Democrat for the Senate seat she won. If that’s not enough, they want 16 year old children to be able to vote, non-citizens (like in NYC) and of course, Proportional Representation, so little parties like the Green Party, the Communist and other marginal parties will always get some votes and be awarded seats in Congress based upon their overall nationwide percent of the vote, just like in New Zealand. Let’s not forget abolishing the Electoral College so only large states like New York and California matter for selection of a president.

      • Gregory Romeu July 5, 2022, 1:40 pm

        And as long as everyone in these areas remain good complacent little stooges, IT WILL OCCUR! THEN the will want to uproot and relocate to Arizona, Texas, Florida and Oklahoma dragging their brain-dead BS to permeate those states. Migration of the dumbasses!

  • Terry Lee Cooper July 1, 2022, 10:32 pm

    Why don’t these weak excuses for replubicans just change over to the democratic party?

    • Gregory Romeu July 5, 2022, 1:42 pm

      Because a lot of the Democrats are coming into the Republican party as the GOP sits on their asses not knowing ANYTHING about Trojan Horse tactics! All the while mainstream America has their heads stuffed into sports, retirement, TV and video games STILL proclaiming, “Oh well, it is what it is!”

  • 32-20 Kid July 1, 2022, 7:57 pm

    Does any body remember Neville Chamberlain? Cornyn is alike as is the other 14. It is why we lose wars and shoot our selves in the foot.

    • Tom July 4, 2022, 2:07 pm

      Why do you make such a stupid, confused statement, obviously, as is typical here, people make totally off the wall statements showing they don’t have a clue as to what they are saying.
      Yes, I studied chamberlain, Churchill, and other wartime leaders, and there is NO Nexus between your ignorant statement and the facts,
      You sound under educated so in case you haven’t heard we won WWII, chamberlain did not cause to loose it – so what’s your point?
      And your comment about the 14 shows a real shallow take on life – a real interest in democracy for all, as long as it fits into YOUR peabrain definition! Great you are a true democratic patriot like the other senators – exclusive of Cornyn et al – stay tough, don’t ever compromise, repel the democrats at all costs, realize the 2A is the most important document to exist and with some of our pop guns controlled this county will not be able to defend against the Russian and chinese invasions, nor the burglars that ransack homes in great numbers across the nation. Brother, some comments found here by intellectual geniuses exhibit to all why the USA is in danger of loosing its democrary!

      • Hondo July 6, 2022, 8:24 am

        Hey genius it’s lose not loose, get an education as you would say.

  • Bulletcatcher July 1, 2022, 5:11 pm

    You know exactly what Biden, his token kamalatoe, pelopussy and shuffle want. Fortunately they and their demtard governors and mayor’s will be voted out this fall and in 24. Karma is a bitch.

  • Mike July 1, 2022, 2:50 pm

    Government officials must be bonded in order to hold public office. A surety bond is similar to an insurance policy. If an elected official commits a crime, neglected their duties or breaks their oath of office anyone in that jurisdiction can file a claim against their surety bond. Doing so will force the parasite from office and the person filing the claim will get the bond money. Could be in the millions.

    • Gregory Romeu July 5, 2022, 2:32 am

      You are exactly right! However, with the apathy that overwhelms the majority of the pussies that claim to be patriots, this will never occur.

  • sfvshooter July 1, 2022, 1:46 pm

    Great, more “us vs them” rhetoric that will divide America even further.

    Just how much money does this site receive from Russia? Tens of thousands of dollars? Hundred of thousands of dollars?

    Hopefully it’s not selling out America for a few rubles.

    • Hondo July 1, 2022, 9:14 pm

      Go back to calguns forum where simpletons like you are celebrated , dope.

    • Big Jim July 2, 2022, 4:58 pm

      Sounds like you are the sell-out.

  • Terry July 1, 2022, 1:20 pm

    Good ole Lindsey (SC) must be soon to retire. This is my last straw with him, I’ve heard his all talk no action long enough and when he does act he does this…

  • Dano July 1, 2022, 12:17 pm

    This legislation is a nothingburger with respect to harming 2a rights. Anyone who suggests otherwise must be mentally incompetent, illiterate, or both.

  • Richard July 1, 2022, 10:58 am

    Where is blue dog? Lol I figured that troll would be all over this.

    • Hondo July 1, 2022, 1:25 pm

      I’m sure that clown will be along shortly , once he clocks out at the circus.

    • Willie-O July 2, 2022, 10:21 am

      No doubt blue did turd/he/she/it/they will be along anytime now.

  • Joe July 1, 2022, 10:56 am

    These commie traitors will pay the price for there behavior one way or another.

    • Pat July 1, 2022, 2:48 pm

      Ignorant people like you show your complete ignorance in statements like this. Typical self-absorbed Republican that in their unbounded ignorance profess to be patriots, and blather on and on about 2A (which they know little to nothing about). The issue is that when people like you encounter something THEY don’t like, or that limits what they can do, start in with imbecilic commentary, accusations and inflammatory statements that are totally in conflict with true DEMOCRARY – the problem then is that people like this fool, and all the others that make categorical absurd statements lacking logic and intelligence, but your don’t KN OW that (due to poor education and self-righteous arrogance)!!

      • JMar July 1, 2022, 5:22 pm

        ad hominem, ad hominem, blah, blah, blah

        • Pat July 4, 2022, 2:28 pm

          …and you are a man of many words! Your defense to your ignorance is to double-down on stupidity…lol, that figures because its obvious that your have a limited ability to express yourself in a logical, factual manner….well educated aren’t you….your retort is “blah, blah, blah,”. Ok go stroke your gun and sulk that the commies (or maybe the republicans) are gonna come and overrun us all – load up, stock up, be ready brother to defend this country on the shoulders of trump.

        • tom July 4, 2022, 6:22 pm

          very intelligent response …from a donkey!

      • Hondo July 6, 2022, 11:28 am

        Jesus talk about blathering on @Pat, go some place else and bloviate about how smart you are, besides nobody is impressed here, doofus.

  • Stan d. Upnow July 1, 2022, 10:20 am

    Unfortunately, I have to claim two scumbags on that list as my U.S. Senators. At least one will be gone after this year(retired), but we’ll have to wait until 2026 to possibly toss the other one.

    After all those measures in the bill, which they make sound effective, fail to prevent any future deranged perp from killing innocent people, the Progressive-Socialists will go for what “we really need”— bans on all autos and detachable magazines of any capacity. Add to that national registration, permits for every purchase of guns AND ammo, plus hefty additional excise taxes on all.

  • Frank July 1, 2022, 9:44 am

    Not surprising for these turncoat RINOS. Red flag laws egregiously violate due process, and will not survive a Constitutional test.

    • Stan d. Upnow July 1, 2022, 10:27 am

      One of my Senators(I don’t even bother with the other one; a lost cause) replied to my email bashing him for being one of the prime authors of that bill. He sent me a form letter(what else?) saying that we don’t understand what’s in the bill! He claimed that anyone victimized by a Red Flag will have enhanced due-process protections. Of course, he never gave details about what those new “protections” were. More Lies!

      • stan July 4, 2022, 4:02 pm

        and he was right, i bet you that you have not read or studied the bill, have no idea whats in it except for what misleading, lying misrepresented BS you hear from the whining T carson and his criminal mentor trump – but you follow along, regurgitating this crap like the good little robot you are with the leash tied to the ring through your nose.
        tell me, what really is ,so bad about this bill – tell me not with your ignorant spouting and drooling at the mouth but in an educated, intelligent, logical manner…never mind you have about as much chance of doing this as i have becoming an astronaut.

  • Clint W. July 1, 2022, 9:40 am

    The two a**hole RINO’s in my state both voted for this. Tillis and Burr are pure crap from end to end. Burr used to have a set, but there in a jar on Pelosi’s desk. Burr is not running for re-election, you would think he would have manned up and supported the 2A, but no. I hope he retires to some other state, he will not be wanted in any rural or mountain community, except maybe Asheville.

    • Stan d. Upnow July 1, 2022, 10:39 am

      Hey brother North Carolinian, I hear ya. I quit writing to Burr when I realized he didn’t care what we want, since he doesn’t need our votes anymore. He showed his true traitor color at that point: Blue.
      The other one, Tillis, is a flip-flopping POS! He sends me emails that could’ve come straight off of Pelosi’s or Schumer’s desk. I told him he’ll not see another term, even if I have to run myself!

      At least my Congresswoman, Foxx, is seemingly a solid Conservative. But, as my buddy out Raleigh-way says, he’s seeing too many transplants from the liberal NE states moving to NC. They bring their stinkin’ liberal idiotology with them, since the Only reason they’re moving here is to escape the high COL in their home states. It’s the same situation out of Commiefornia. We’re headed in the same direction as CO, NV, ID, and even TX!

  • Nicholas July 1, 2022, 9:16 am

    This all comes down to ignorance of our Unique form of government. In the U.S. “in our system, while sovereign powers are delegated to the agencies of government, sovereignty itself remains with the people, by whom and for whom all government exists and acts.”
    We absolutely refuse to use our sovereign authority, and cling to an idea that an “individual right theory” has any force of law other than to allow those opposed to an armed citizenry to trample on all our rights.
    At what point do people in the pro-2nd community admit that the “theory” is simply an out for them to not be encumbered a few times a year to train as the laws were written? The Constitution REQUIRES an organized, armed, and disciplined militia. Not a bunch of people running around with no structure, no supply chain, and no means of unification.

    • Stan d. Upnow July 1, 2022, 10:47 am

      I don’t disagree with you, but the Reality is that the regime in DC is already going after any & all militias in existence now as “domestic terrorists.” Do you really think swapping one party for another will change anything? They’re ALL Swamp Creatures, with just a few exceptions.

    • Kane July 1, 2022, 2:19 pm

      Hey Nicholas, why NOT tell about the “militia” which you are on the muster rolls and give the details on the armory you turn your firearm over too after your periodical mandatory training sessions are completed.

  • Griffendad July 1, 2022, 9:04 am

    Pretty sure it was Brian Fitzpatrick from Pennsylvania and not Pat Toomey. Fitzpatrick is a definite RINO.

    • Ryan Haag July 1, 2022, 9:15 am

      You did see “15 GOP Senators” in the title right? Fitzpatrick is not a senator.

  • Robert Peterson July 1, 2022, 8:28 am

    A compromise is when both sides give something and also, get something. For example, a gun control “compromise” might be…enhanced background checks for Anti gunners, AND reigning in the ATF to insure that the ATF will follow the existing gun legislation and not redefine terms in order to expand rules, for the pro 2nd amendment people. See how that works? Give a little, get a little. In none of the recent gun control legislation have I seen any “compromise”. The Republican strategy is always, “we’ll give up something so as not to give up more”. That is not compromise, that is bad negotiating. We need brighter politicians on the pro gun side.

    • Ryan Haag July 1, 2022, 9:20 am

      Setting up a straw-man argument to define “compromise” your own way isn’t a great foundation for an argument. Compromise only involves concessions on both sides. And I’m not sure what you are complaining about. Over the last several years 2A rights have been subtantially expanded in most places rather than whittled away.

      • Alan1018 July 1, 2022, 10:39 am

        Bi-Partisan, just another way of saying it is a bigger scam than usual.

      • Dano July 1, 2022, 12:11 pm

        Exactly. This legislation will not impact any law-abiding, non-crazy citizens 2a rights and is a reasonable response to killing 10 year olds. It undoubtedly will save lives while not impacting what or how many guns you can purchase.

        • G July 4, 2022, 10:31 am

          With that kind of thinking; you should cut your dick off.
          If it saves just one from rape it will be worth it
          Snip snip dano

      • Kane July 1, 2022, 2:25 pm

        ‘ to define “compromise” your own way ‘

        WRONG

    • Stan d. Upnow July 1, 2022, 10:49 am

      The Art Of The Deal

  • Ej harbet July 1, 2022, 8:11 am

    Red flag Roy should be planted in a DC landfill. I live near his home town and after a 6pack of beer I will “nourish” his grave grass

    • Dano July 1, 2022, 12:12 pm

      You sound unhinged and dangerous. Grow up.

  • Robert Page July 1, 2022, 7:47 am

    That light at the end of the tunnel is definitely an oncoming train. At least we now know that the GOP is no longer an alternative.

    • Stan d. Upnow July 1, 2022, 10:52 am

      Was it ever? Even Saint Ronald did us dirty at times.

  • William Davis July 1, 2022, 7:32 am

    Just wait until they “compromise” in a bipartisan way (read give away) our sovereignty on pending immigration talks.

  • Hondo July 1, 2022, 7:29 am

    This senile old douche will sign anything his handlers tell him too. My guess is he has no clue , just crapping his pants and living the life.

    • Stan d. Upnow July 1, 2022, 10:55 am

      Hey, he’s the prez; got ice cream cones with sprinkles, and a Teflon suit to wear. Just put the pen in his hand and guide it.

  • Alan1018 July 1, 2022, 7:19 am

    Make sure you let the GOP know they don’t get one cent until they censure the RINOS and cut them off from GOP funding. Never vote RINO! If you only have a choice between a RINO and a Dem vote independent. The RINOS stab us in the back and the GOP won’t get the message until they lose funding and seats.

    • Stan d. Upnow July 1, 2022, 10:56 am

      Way ahead of you, bro.

  • bobs your uncle June 29, 2022, 9:52 am

    Mitch, 37 million from the CCP wasn’t enough? Save us Obiejoebaloney, yer the only one that can

    • Stan d. Upnow July 1, 2022, 11:19 am

      The only good thing that McConnell ever did was keep that Left-wing POS, Merrick Garland, from becoming a SCOTUS Justice. But, the Progressive-Socialists managed to get one of their own on the bench in the personage of Ketanji “I can’t define what a woman is” Brown-Jackson. Now, with Breyer quitting, the P-S’s will have a chance to install Another Lefty Justice, killing any chance of a Conservative majority. We’re in deep doo-doo.

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