None of these Constitutional traitors and dimwits are up for reelection this year. They’re “safe.”
- Why it matters: The deal falls short of what many Democrats want
- 10 Senate Republicans have signed on, including Sens. Cornyn, Tillis, Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).
- 10 Senate Democrats also support the deal, including Sens. Murphy, Sinema Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Cory Booker (D- N.J.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), Angus King (I-Maine), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.).
- The proposal includes an under-21 enhanced review process, which means buyers under 21 will be required to undergo an investigative period to review juvenile and mental health records, including checks with state databases and local law enforcement. The deal also:
- Clarifies the definition of a “federally licensed firearms dealer”: Cracks down on criminals who illegally evade licensing requirements.
- Penalizes straw purchasing: Cracks down on criminals who illegally straw purchase and traffic guns.
- Support for state crisis intervention orders: Provides resources to states 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.
- Invests in children and family mental health services: Major investments to increase access to mental health and suicide prevention programs.
- Protections for victims of domestic violence: Convicted domestic violence abusers and individuals subject to domestic violence restraining orders will be included in NICS.
- Funding for school-based mental health and supportive services: Invests in programs to expand mental health and supportive services in schools, including: early identification and intervention programs and school based mental health and wrap-around services.
- Funding for school safety resources: Invests in programs to help institute safety measures in and around primary and secondary schools, support school violence prevention efforts and provide training to school personnel and students.
- Telehealth investments: Invests in programs that increase access to mental and behavioral health services for youth and families in crisis via telehealth.