WASHINGTON, DC – According to a report from The Gateway Pundit, ten Republican senators have reached an agreement with Democrats over gun control. While no official legislation has been written, these Republican senators have reached an “agreement on principle” that would seemingly include the likes of “red flag” laws.
CNN reported that the agreement was reached on June 12th, with this bipartisan group of senators determining that any gun-related legislation brought forth that should be passed would include “needed mental health resources, improves school safety and support for students, and helps ensure dangerous criminals and those who are adjudicated as mentally ill can’t purchase weapons,” according to a statement released from the group of senators.
The Republican senators who signed on to this endeavor are as follows:
- John Cornyn (helped write the new proposal)
- Thom Tillis (helped write the new proposal)
- Richard Burr
- Roy Blunt
- Bill Cassidy
- Susan Collins
- Lindsey Graham
- Rob Portman
- Mitt Romney
- Pat Toomey
The acquiring of ten Republican senators in such a matter was critical, as this would give the Democrats the ability to move beyond the filibuster and ushering in a new era of gun control.
Arguably the most controversial element associated with the agreed-upon principles of what should encompass a gun control package was the addition of “red flag” laws, which would provide “resources to states and tribes to create and administer laws that help ensure deadly weapons are kept out of the hands of individuals whom a court has determined to be a significant danger to themselves or others.”
What makes “red flag” laws so controversial is that they are crafted in a manner where someone who is neither charged with nor guilty of any criminal offense that would normally restrict their right to a firearm can still have their legally-owned property taken away from them if simply deemed to be a danger to themselves or others.
These sorts of laws, which many states have already passed, have raised concerns over due process as outlined in the Constitution, as the seizures enacted under “red flag” laws (often called “extreme risk protection orders”) operate under a notion of predicting future behaviors rather than taking action against prosecutable offenses.
While many Republicans have pushed back against “red flag” laws over such concerns, some clearly are on board with the idea. Even former President Trump had championed such laws in the past, famously saying back in 2018, “I like taking guns away early. Take the guns first, go through due process second.”
The bipartisan group of senators are also calling for “additional vetting for potential gun buyers between the ages of 18 and 21,” according to a report from NPR, which would “include previously blocked juvenile records on criminal activity and mental health.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke proudly of the work done between these senators, saying, “The principles they announced today show the value of dialogue and cooperation. I continue to hope their discussions yield a bipartisan product that makes significant headway on key issues like mental health and school safety, respects the Second Amendment, earns broad support in the Senate, and makes a difference for our country.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer confirmed that in light of the reached agreement, the Senate will be putting together a bill “as soon as possible.”