Senate Reaches Gun Control Agreement Opposed by NRA | The Congressional Insider

Senate Democrats, with the support of 14 Republicans, voted Tuesday to take a large step towards gun control legislation that is opposed by the National Rifle Association.

Proponents dub it “gun safety” legislation, and it follows horrific mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas. Whether the bill’s passage and implementation creates a significantly safer country or simply placates foes of the 2nd Amendment is another story.

It is said in the legal profession that “hard cases make bad law.” The same principle may be applied to tragedies and periods of grief. Consider the laws that could have been enacted in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he intends to see the bill passed this week before senators head out for the two-week July 4 break.

The gun control deal expands background checks for purchasers ages 18-20 and adds abusive dating relationships to prohibited buyers lists. This closes the so-called “boyfriend loophole.”

A misdemeanor domestic violence conviction for unmarried persons will mean a chance to restore 2nd Amendment rights in five years — if the person has a clean record.