A group of senators has agreed on a bipartisan piece of gun control and mental health legislation. The coalition importantly includes ten Republican senators and all of the centrist Democrats, meaning it’s looking like it’ll be able to get passed through Congress and signed into law. The bill is expected to include support for state crisis intervention orders, funding for school safety resources, an enhanced review process for buyers under the age of 21, and penalties for straw purchasing. The legislation will also have a red flag provision so that states and courts will have the resources to ensure firearms are kept out of the hands of people who are at significant risk of harming them. Certainly, this legislation won’t go far enough, and much more can be done on gun control, including universal background checks, magazine capacity limits, and restricting semiautomatic long gun ownership for people under 21. But given Congress’s typical unwillingness to do anything after mass shootings, at least we’ll have this as a step in the right direction.
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