Senate Agrees on Gun Control Bill With Enough Votes To Enact Into Law

In a procedural vote on Tuesday, the U.S. Senate agreed to the first major gun control package in nearly 30 years.  

By a vote of 64 to 34, the upper chamber gave the green light to what’s known as the “Safer Communities Act” (SCA).  

With 14 Republicans backing the SCA, it has enough support to override a filibuster led by pro-gun lawmakers.    

The threshold to break a filibuster in the Senate is 60 votes which means that if no one changes their vote between now and when the SCA goes to the floor for the official vote, it will clear the Senate and then head to the House for consideration. 

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) already indicated that the upper chamber will “move to final passage as soon as possible,” which could be by week’s end, according to Fox News.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is eagerly awaiting its arrival.

“After the Senate passes this bill, the House will swiftly bring it to the Floor so that we can send it to President Biden’s desk,” Pelosi said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Gun groups were quick to go on the offensive, panning the Safer Communities Act as nothing more than a way to chill the 2A rights of responsible citizens.

“The NRA will support legislation that improves school security, promotes mental health services, and helps reduce violent crime,” said the nation’s gun lobby in a statement. 

“However, we will oppose this gun control legislation because it falls short at every level. It does little to truly address violent crime while opening the door to unnecessary burdens on the exercise of Second Amendment freedom by law-abiding gun owners,” NRA continued. 

Gun Owners of America warns of the potential impact of the SCA. (Photo: GOA)

Likewise, Gun Owners of America criticized the bill, saying it would “encourage Backdoor Universal Background Checks by redefining many private sellers as gun dealers, financially incentivize states to enact unconstitutional ‘red-flag’ laws, and would allow for so-called ‘enhanced background checks,’ which are arbitrary delays in transferring firearms to adults not yet 21 years-old.”

Here is the list of the 14 Republicans who are backing the SCA:

  • Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky
  • Sen. John Cornyn of Texas (co-sponsor)
  • Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri
  • Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina
  • Sen. Shelley 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. Todd Young of Indiana

Here is the full text of the Safer Communities Act:

Here is a section-by-section breakdown put out by lawmakers:

Both the NRA and GOA have links that you can use to contact your respective Senators to urge them to vote “NO” on the “Safer Communities Act.”

Failure to take action will guarantee a major win for the anti-gun lobby. Many of their leaders are currently celebrating on social media:

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

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  • Jay June 26, 2022, 4:13 am

    Blue dog, you are a moron, I have been to hundreds of shows and never met anyone inside a building that would do that. Quit acting like you are a gun person.

  • Michael Keim June 24, 2022, 11:02 am

    They won’t be satisfied until all privately owned firearms are illegal and are confiscated and destroyed. Anyone who thinks differently is deluding themselves.

  • D.J. June 24, 2022, 8:26 am

    I am concerned the most regarding the “ red flag laws” .
    Hopefully , the High Court will strike these down as not being
    compliant with the 6th Amendment .
    Disarming an individual without due process , nor facing his accuser
    seems in conflict with said Amendment .

  • Ed Schrade June 24, 2022, 8:21 am

    Guess we will have to spend a bunch of money again to get this declared unconstitutional. Join the fight at the state level to oppose the red flag laws and the rest.

  • Laddyboy June 24, 2022, 6:07 am

    EVERYONE of these TURNCOAT TYRANNICAL “permanent professional practicing politicians” MUST BE REMOVED!
    Our RIGHTS RECOGNIZED by Our American Constitution — TRUMPS all of these Anti-Constitutional “laws”!

  • Jessie June 24, 2022, 6:01 am

    Here is the list of 14 RINO’s that need voting out. I hope each state will do what should be done. These traitors are trying to take away your 2nd amendment right.

  • Shawn McEwen June 24, 2022, 2:57 am

    Be careful what you ask for, Mr Hogg. If firearms are ever banned in this country, that little situation you went thru down there in Parkland, FL, will happen Nation Wide. If firearms are banned, no one will be safe. You fool, THINK ABOUT IT !

  • Blue Dog (he/him) June 23, 2022, 8:48 pm

    I think the clarification of who needs an FFL addresses a glaring problem. Anyone who has traded firearms long or frequently goes to gun shows knows a few guys, or at least can recognize them on sight, that are just out to make a buck. Private collectors with eight or ten unfired rifles on top of their boxes and no background checks. There is a difference between the hobbyist trader, someone who is interested in the firearms as firearms, and those private individuals who look at firearms as little more than merchandise. Those guys, in the latter group, they are in the business of selling firearms and should have to have an FFL to keep on keepin’ on. And most of those jokers would sell out their own mothers for a few bucks, much less fellow firearm enthusiasts.

    These other provisions are baby steps in the right direction. I hope the next steps toward common sense take fewer than 30 years this time – but hey, sometimes hope is all we have. 😀

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