House Republican leaders are urging a vote against the Senate gun reform compromise.
In a message to lawmakers, Rep. Steve Scalise cites NRA opposition.
The Senate bill would limit gun sales to domestic abusers and increase funding for mental health.
The House Republican leadership is urging GOP lawmakers to vote against a bipartisan Senate gun reform bill, citing opposition from the NRA.
“Management recommends a NO vote,” says a message from Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana that was sent to lawmakers Wednesday night. The post claims the Senate bill, which passed Tuesday with the support of 14 Republicans, is part of an effort to “slowly curtail the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.”
The Senate bill — backed by Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky — includes increased funding for mental health services and state-level enforcement of “red flag” laws that allow the police to temporarily remove firearms from a person suspected of posing an imminent threat. The measure would also end the so-called “boyfriend loophole”, barring convicted domestic abusers from obtaining firearms.
“Our colleagues have put in place a set of grassroots, common sense measures that will help make these horrific incidents less likely while fully respecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens,” McConnell said in a statement Tuesday.
But in their opposition message, House Republican leaders claimed the bill “fails to provide explicit due process requirements” for gun seizures and includes unnecessary funding. In addition to gun makers, House Republicans cite opposition from conservative groups such as Gun Owners of America and Heritage Action for America.
Despite the Republican stance, the bill is expected to pass the Democratic-controlled House and be signed into law by President Joe Biden.
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