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A total of fourteen Republicans joined with Democrats to push forward new gun control measures. This gave the Democrat-led legislation a 64-34 vote, advancing it by this first hurdle.
The legislation is opposed by a number of conservative Republicans as well as the National Rifle Association (NRA).
Here’s a list of Republicans who voted for the bill: Sens. John Cornyn of Texas; Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky; Lisa Murkowski of Alaska; Todd Young of Indiana; Joni Ernst of Iowa; Bill Cassidy of Louisiana; Susan Collins of Maine; Roy Blunt of Missouri; Thom Tillis and Richard Burr of North Carolina; Rob Portman of Ohio; Lindsey Graham of South Carolina; Mitt Romney of Utah; and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia.
In a statement released by the NRA, they said, “We will oppose this gun control legislation because it falls short at every level. It does little to truly address violent crime while opening the door to unnecessary burdens on the exercise of Second Amendment freedom by law-abiding gun owners.”
It continued, “This legislation can be abused to restrict lawful gun purchases, infringe upon the rights of law-abiding Americans, and use federal dollars to fund gun control measures being adopted by state and local politicians.”
“This bill leaves too much discretion in the hands of government officials and also contains undefined and overbroad provisions – inviting interference with our constitutional freedoms,” the NRA said.
Senator Cornyn of Texas said, “Some think it goes too far, others think it doesn’t go far enough. And I get it. It’s the nature of compromise.”
“I believe that the same people who are telling us to do something are sending us a clear message, to do what we can to keep our children and communities safe. I’m confident this legislation moves us in a positive direction,” he said.
Stopping gun violence starts with more funding for police and tougher sentences for the criminals who violate gun laws—not taking away due process from law-abiding gun owners.
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) June 22, 2022
Tonight, I opposed the gun control legislation — released only an hour before the vote — that would infringe on law-abiding Americans’ Second Amendment rights.
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) June 22, 2022
More on this story via Western Journal:
McConnell, according to Newsweek, called the bill “a commonsense package of popular steps that will help make these horrifying incidents less likely while fully upholding the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.”
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Graham insisted the bill does not infringe on the Second Amendment, according to WCSC-TV.
“As a long-time gun owner and strong supporter of the Second Amendment, I have been horrified by the recent spate of mass shootings and the link between mental health and gun violence,” Graham said in a statement, the station reported.
“I believe the legislation announced today has a very good chance of saving lives while at the same time protecting the rights of responsible gun owners. Unless you’re adjudicated mentally ill or a convicted violent criminal, your Second Amendment rights won’t be affected.”
Republicans opposing the bill said it crossed a line.