Washington.- US senators unveiled on Tuesday a bill to restrict access to firearms, in a bipartisan initiative to contain mass shootings in the country.
The 80-page bill includes provisions that would help states keep guns out of the hands of those deemed a danger to themselves or others and close the so-called boyfriend loophole by blocking gun sales to convicted of abusing unmarried intimate partners.
“This bipartisan gun safety legislation is progress and will save lives. While it’s not all we want, this legislation is sorely needed,” said House Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
The group expressed confidence that the text will have enough support among the hundred senators (50 Republicans and 50 Democrats) to reach the hands of President Joe Biden next week.
The bipartisan group of senators agreed to a framework June 12 that includes increased background checks for gun buyers under 21, $11 billion in funding for mental health and $2 billion for school safety programs. .
The bill also calls for funding to encourage states to enforce “red flag” laws to remove firearms from people deemed a threat.
Lawmakers have labored under pressure for weeks amid renewed attention to gun violence after the killings of 19 children at a school in Texas and 10 African-Americans at a supermarket in New York state, both in May.
The last federal gun control law passed in 1994 prohibited the manufacture of assault rifles and high-capacity chambering for civilian use.
However, it expired a decade later, without new reforms having been approved, despite the rise in the average number of daily shootings, which reaches 11 this year, according to the group Gun Violence Archive.