The Senate’s Republican Leader – Mitch McConnell – has said he will support gun legislation currently being crafted in the Senate.
According to The Hill, McConnell told reporters Tuesday that he is “comfortable with the framework and if the legislation ends up reflecting what the framework indicates” he would support the bill.
As our team previously reported, the Senate’s framework includes the following proposals:
“initiatives to support state crisis intervention orders; a national expansion of mental health services for children and families; expanding mental health programs in schools; enhanced review process for gun buyers under the age of 21; penalties for straw purchases; and additional funding for school resource officers.”
The National Rifle Association (NRA) shared the following thread on Twitter over the weekend, stating that the group does not take a position on “frameworks” and will make their thoughts on the bill known when one is available.
Texas Senator John Cornyn is the lead Republican voice in the Senate deliberations, and he reportedly will nix anything in the bill that would not play well with his conservative Republican base back home in the Lone Star State.”
This Senate bill is rumored to be much less radical than the one passed by the House last week, based on that framework.
The ten Republicans who originally signed onto the Senate’s framework were John Cornyn (R-TX), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Richard Burr (R-NC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Rob Portman (R-OH), Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Pat Toomey (R-PA).
The House has already passed its own gun bill, which has not yet been taken up in the Senate.
H.R.7910 – passed by the House last week – “makes various changes to federal firearms laws, including establishing new criminal offenses and expanding the types of weapons and devices that are subject to regulation.”