This is something to track since at least some progress may occur, potentially saving lives (see earlier post on gun-related deaths and suicides in the U.S.) The bill making its way through Congress titled, the "Bipartisan Safer Communities Act’’ would strengthen existing background checks for young firearms buyers, with more sellers being required to conduct them while stiffening penalties on gun traffickers. States would also get added school safety and mental health support.
Members of Congress are currently debating the proposed $750 million that would go to the 19 states and DC that already have what's termed, “red flag" laws that make it easier to take away peoples' firearms in the event that they get judged as "dangerous," with other states getting violence-prevention-program support. This not only sounds commonsense to me, but a minimal investment considering the vast need for resources across the U.S.
Also, greater than $2 billion will go toward mental health services at schools so that they can hire and train staff, together with $300 million for school safety improvements.
The legislation would toughen background checks for young people and provide money to improve school safety and mental health initiatives, among other provisions.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate bargainers reached agreement Tuesday on a bipartisan gun violence bill, potentially teeing up final passage by week's end on an incremental but landmark package that would stand as Congress’ response to mass shootings in Texas and New York that shook the nation.
Lawmakers released the 80-page bill nine days after agreeing to a framework for the plan and 29 years after Congress last enacted major firearms curbs. It cleared an initial procedural hurdle by 64-34, with 14 Republicans joining all 48 Democrats and two allied independents in voting yes. That strongly supported a prediction by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., of approval later this week. Passage by the Democratic-led House could follow quickly.