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The bipartisan Senate gun bill cleared a procedural vote on Tuesday with the support of more than a quarter of Senate Republicans, including key party leaders. But on Wednesday, it was clear he wouldn’t get the same reception from House Republicans.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., has announced that he will officially oppose it. House GOP Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik, RN.Y., said the bill “shreds the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans with no effect on deterring criminals.” And House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., will oppose the bill, his office confirmed.
“In an effort to slowly curtail the rights of law-abiding 2nd Amendment citizens, this legislation takes the wrong approach in an attempt to tackle violent crime,” Scalise said in a whip notice Wednesday.
SCALISE TO WHIP HOUSE REPUBLICANS AGAINST SENATE GUN ACT
“Since Biden’s election, Democrats have failed on every level. There’s literally only one way for Republicans to lose midterms,” said Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo. , At a press conference. “That’s exactly what those 14 RINOs, Republicans in name only, did in the Senate.”
She called the bill unconstitutional and said Republicans would try to defund it if it passes.
Officially titled the “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act”, senators involved in the bill released the final text on Tuesday evening after weeks of negotiations.
SENATE VOTE TO ADVANCE BIPartisan GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION
The bill would provide funding to states to create programs that could keep guns away from people who pose a danger to themselves or others, often referred to as red flag laws. It would also improve background checks for gun buyers under 21, add penalties for certain gun criminals, and provide funding for a variety of health and mental health-related programs.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the chief GOP negotiator on the bill, emphasized that it “will not infringe on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.” And Senate Republicans who support the bill also point to what they say are bargaining gains, including that the bill does not expand background checks and will include due process requirements for flag laws. red.
But multiple House GOP sources said the bill is unlikely to enjoy broad support in the current political environment.
GUN BILL DETAILS AGREED BY BIPartisan GROUP OF FOUR KEY SENATE NEGOTIATORS
A GOP aide said there’s a good chance the gun bill will receive even less House Republican support than the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which garnered 13 GOP votes. . The aide said that because red flag laws are so “demonized” among conservatives, it will be very difficult for most Republicans to vote for the bill.
But at least some should, including Rep. Tony Gonzales, R-Texas, who announced Tuesday he would vote for it.
“My name is Tony Gonzales and I am a survivor of domestic abuse. My stepfather would come home drunk and beat me and my mom,” Gonzales said on Twitter. “One night he decided that wasn’t enough and shoved a shotgun into my mum’s mouth. I was 5 at the time and not strong enough to fend off wolves. “
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Gonzales added, “As a member of Congress, it is my duty to pass laws that never violate the Constitution while protecting the lives of innocent people. In the coming days, I look forward to voting YES on the bipartisan Safer Communities Act.”
TSWT News learns the floor is five to six years for the GOP. But that number could reach 15 to 17 GOP years.
Either way, it won’t reach such a high percentage of Senate Republicans who are expected to vote “yes” when the bipartisan gun bill finally passes through later this week.
TSWT News’ Chad Pergram and Aishah Hasnie contributed to this report.