Senate Democrats say they are going to move forward on new gun legislation, promising to carry a invoice increasing background checks on all firearm gross sales to the ground for a vote, regardless of the uphill climb forward to garner the 60 votes wanted for it to cross.
The promise for a Senate vote got here after the House passed two pieces of legislation increasing background checks on March 11.
“H.R. 8 will be on the floor of the Senate and we will see where everybody stands,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stated of the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021, which might broaden background checks for all firearm gross sales or transfers in the nation. “No more thoughts and prayers. A vote is what we need. A vote.”
Getting the 60 votes wanted to break the filibuster on the invoice stays a tough feat, regardless of optimism from one of many invoice’s sponsors.
“I don’t think we should accept that there aren’t 60 votes in the Senate for universal background checks,” Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat of Connecticut stated final month. “So much has changed. The political power of the anti-gun violence movement is infinitely stronger, the (National Rifle Association) is a shell of itself, and so I’ve had a lot of Republican members come to me and express their willingness to take a new look.”
Schumer acknowledged the chance the vote will fail.
Still, Democrats see this as a possibility to get Republicans on the record with their votes towards background checks, which stay a well-liked concept amongst Americans.
In Oct. 2019, Pew reported that “large majorities in both parties continue to favor making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks.”
In remarks following the mass capturing in Boulder, Colorado, President Biden called on Congress to take steps like re-enacting an assault weapons ban.
“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps that will save the lives in the future, and to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act,” Biden stated.