The Senate on Thursday passed a bipartisan gun safety bill that could become the most significant federal gun legislation in decades if signed into law.
Driving the news: The Senate approved the measure in a 65-33 vote, with 15 Republicans joining Democrats to vote in favor.
The House has signaled that it will take up the legislation swiftly and send it to President Biden’s desk.
The big picture: The bill, called the “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act,” includes enhanced background checks and clarification on the “boyfriend loophole,” which prevents domestic abusers from purchasing guns, unmarried or not, Axios’ Alayna Treene and Jacob Knutson report.
It also includes increased funding for mental health and school safety and incentives for states to implement “red flag” laws. A bipartisan group of senators drafted the legislation in response to multiple mass shootings last month, including one at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas that killed 19 children and two teachers and another that killed 10 at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.The bill was hung up last week as the “core four” senators involved in drafting the bill struggled to strike a compromise over the red flag provision and the “boyfriend loophole.”
State of play: Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who voted to pass the bill, was crucial in shoring up Republican support to break the 60-vote filibuster.
McConnell earlier this week called the bill “a common-sense package of popular steps that will help make these horrifying incidents less likely while fully upholding the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.”Yes, but: Most House Republicans have announced their opposition to the measure, Politico reports.