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CT’s senators to react to bipartisan federal gun safety agreement

U.S. Senate set to pass gun law reforms
Published: Jun. 22, 2022 at 10:59 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 22, 2022 at 12:07 PM EDT
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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Connecticut’s senators for years have been on the forefront of a national push for gun safety measures.

It appears they’ve gotten somewhere.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy held a news conference on Wednesday morning to talk about a bipartisan agreement in the Senate.

Murphy announced the results of a procedural vote in the Senate on Tuesday night.

“The ‘yeas’ are 64. The ‘nays’ are 34, and the motion is agreed to,” Murphy said.

Fourteen Republicans joined 48 Democrats and two independents to support the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.

The bill may be incremental, but it’s still considered a landmark package.

The legislation would toughen background checks for the youngest firearms buyers, require more sellers to conduct background checks and beef up penalties on gun traffickers. It also would disburse money to states and communities to improve school safety and mental health initiatives.

Aides estimated the measure would cost around $15 billion, which Murphy, the lead Democratic bargainer, said would be fully paid for.

“This is a bill 30 years in the making,” Murphy said. “Not since the assault weapons ban in 1994 has Congress been able to get this far on a significant anti-gun violence measure. And for good reason. For too long both Republicans and Democrats sat in their corner. For too long the NRA controlled wheels in Congress. That is all history now.”

Another piece of the bill included closing the so-called “boyfriend loophole.” That means if someone is convicted of assaulting a wife, girlfriend, or ex, that person would lose the ability to buy or own a gun. The person could get it back, but not until years later.

The bill could be fully passed by the Senate by the end of the week.

CT’s senators to react to bipartisan federal gun safety agreement