Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Sunday that he is going to throw his weight behind measures to curb the “epidemic of gun violence” in America.
Specifically, Schumer wants to criminalize private transfers, ban black rifles and create a system where cops can disarm citizens believed to be a threat to themselves or the public.
“If there is one thing this movement has declared it is that we must plug the wide range of loopholes and deficiencies in our gun safety laws,” said the Senate minority leader in a press release. “We have seen an epidemic of gun violence and mass shootings simply envelop America for too long. Each one reveals new loopholes and gaps in gun safety.”
“Rather than just plugging one leak in response to the last mass shooting, we need a complete approach that improves our gun safety laws from top to bottom and helps prevent future shootings,” he continued.
Schumer joins a bunch of other Dems pushing gun control following the school massacre in Parkland, Florida.
Schumer may succeed in getting a full floor vote on those measures. However, getting them to clear the Senate is a whole other ballgame. GOP controls 51 seats whereas Dems have 47. Assuming a filibuster is in play on all three measures, Dems would need 60 votes to get any legislation through the upper chamber.
On the other hand, the bipartisan Fix NICS bill is likely to garner serious consideration. Along with president Trump, both Schumer and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-KY) support Fix NICS, which seeks to improve reporting to the FBI’s background check system.
“Sen. McConnell is a co-sponsor of the Fix NICS bill (as is Sen. Schumer) and looks forward to its speedy passage,” said Don Steward, a spokesman for McConnel in an email to amny.com.