On Saturday, the largest gun control bill in nearly 30 years has been signed into law by Joe Biden.
The “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act” was developed by 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans after mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas shocked the nation.
The bill was pushed through both the Senate and the House with bipartisan support and is viewed as the most significant federal gun control legislation passed in decades.
Here’s what Biden said despite the real issue being the person behind the gun, not the gun itself, “Time is of the essence. Lives will be saved.”
“From Columbine to Sandy Hook to Charleston, Orlando, Las Vegas, Parkland, El Paso, Atlanta, Buffalo, Uvalde and for the shootings that happen every day in the streets. How many times have you heard that, ‘just do something, for God’s sake just do something’?” Biden said, adding “today we did.”
Under the newly signed law, it will give financial grants to states for “red-flag” laws and increases background check stipulations for 18 to 21-year-olds, and close the “boyfriend” loophole by adding romantic partners to the list of domestic abusers who are unable to purchase guns.
Biden did however admit that the bill is not as strict as he had hoped, but touted that the legislation will still “save lives.”
“This bill doesn’t do everything I want but includes actions I’ve long called for that saves lives,” Biden said, adding “I know there’s much more work to do. And I’m never going to give up.”
Daily Wire reported that Gun rights groups have criticized the legislation and the Republicans who voted for it:
Gun rights groups have criticized the legislation and the Republicans who voted for it.
Gun Owners of America (GOA) said that the legislation “would encourage Backdoor Universal Background Checks by redefining many private sellers as gun dealers, financially incentivize states to enact unconstitutional ‘red-flag’ laws, and would allow for so-called ‘enhanced background checks,’ which are arbitrary delays in transferring firearms to adults not yet 21 years-old.”
“Once again, so-called ‘conservative’ Senators are making clear they believe that the rights of American citizens can be compromised away,” Erich Pratt, GOA’s Senior Vice President, said.
Aside from McConnell, Coryn, and Tillis, other Republican Senators who voted for the bill included 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), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Todd Young (R-IN).
The House passed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act in a 234 -193 vote with 14 Republicans crossing party lines.
Republicans who voted for the bill included Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY), Fred Upton (R-MI), Mike Turner (R-OH), Steve Chabot (R-OH), Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), Chris Jacobs (R-NY), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Tony Gonzales (R-TX), María Elvira Salazar (R-FL), David Joyce (R-OH), John Katko (R-NY), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL.), Peter Meijer (R-MI) and Tom Rice (R-SC).