Thursday, July 7

Senate pushes gun reform as SCOTUS makes it easier to carry handguns

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Gun safety was the focus of several pieces of legislation and a Thursday ruling by the Supreme Court. the first comprehensive gun safety bill in 30 years is one step closer to a Senate vote.

In a procedural step, Senators voted 65-34 to end debate on the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, finishing negotiations that began in May. A bipartisan group of 20 began hammering out a deal after mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas pressured lawmakers to find a solution.

The legislation is supported by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Schumer is rushing to pass the measure before Friday– the Senate’s self-imposed deadline and the day Congress recess leaves for a two-week. The Senate is currently on track to vote on the deal before the July 4 holiday break.

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