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BGOV Bill Summary: Senate Gun Safety Package

June 22, 2022, 9:00 PM

Gun safety measures would be bolstered through expanded background checks, restrictions on certain individuals owning firearms, and incentives for states to enact “red-flag” programs under the Senate amendment to S. 2938.

The measure would also criminalize “straw purchases” and provide funding for mental health services and school safety.

The legislative package represents a gun safety deal negotiated by Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.). It’s based on a framework previously agreed to by a larger bipartisan group of senators following recent mass shootings in Buffalo, N.Y. and Uvalde, Texas, among others. ...