Maine Senators Collins and King Announce Bipartisan Senate Gun Safety Bill

On Sunday, June 12, US Senators Susan Collins and Angus King from Maine announced that a bipartisan group of senators had reached agreement on a gun safety proposal.

WASHINGTON, DC, USA — The two senators from Maine are part of a bipartisan group that has just agreed to a new gun safety proposal.

On Sunday, June 12, the offices of Maine Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) issued a press release, indicating that a group of 12 senators had negotiated an agreement on a plan to help save American lives. . This comes after a series of deadly mass shootings last month, including an incident in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 children and two teachers dead at an elementary school; and a racially motivated attack at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.

The other senators who worked alongside Senator Collins and King included Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), John Cornyn (R-TX), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Richard Blumenthal ( D- CT), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Richard Burr (R-NC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Chris Coons (D-DE), Lindsey Graham (R- SC) , Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Mark Kelly (D-AZ), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Rob Portman (R-OH), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Pat Toomey (R-PA).

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They issued the following statement:

“Today we are announcing a common sense, bipartisan proposal to protect America’s children, keep our schools safe, and reduce the threat of violence across our country. Families are scared and it is our duty to come together and do something to help restore their sense of safety in their communities. Our plan increases needed mental health resources, improves school safety and student support, and helps ensure that dangerous criminals and those declared mentally ill cannot purchase guns. Most importantly, our plan saves lives while protecting the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans. We look forward to gaining broad bipartisan support and passing our common sense proposal into law.”

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According to the press release, the proposal includes the following measures:

  • Support for State Crisis Intervention Orders. It would give states and tribes resources to help them create and implement laws that would ensure that people considered a danger to themselves or others cannot possess deadly weapons.
  • Investing in mental health services for children and families. It would expand the community behavioral health center model across the country and allow investments to increase access to mental health and suicide prevention programs.
  • Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence. It would ensure that convicted domestic violence abusers and those with domestic violence restraining orders are included in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
  • Funding for mental health and support services in schools. I would invest in programs to expand mental health and support services in schools.
  • Funding for School Safety Resources. I would invest in programs to implement safety measures in elementary and secondary schools. It would also support school violence prevention efforts and help train school staff and students.
  • Clarification of the definition of a federally licensed firearms dealer. I would crack down on people who illegally evade licensing requirements.
  • Investments in telehealth. It would help increase access to mental and behavioral health services for children and their families through telehealth.
  • Improved review process for those under 21. It would require an investigation period to review the health records of purchasers under the age of 21.
  • Penalties for buying straw. It would crack down on people who illegally buy and traffic guns.

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President Biden’s office also issued a statement in response to this agreement:

“I want to thank Senator Chris Murphy and members of his bipartisan caucus, especially Senators Cornyn, Sinema, and Tillis, for their tireless work in producing this proposal. Obviously, it doesn’t do everything I think is needed, but it reflects important steps in the right direction, and it would be the most significant gun safety legislation to pass Congress in decades. Every day more children are killed in this country: The sooner it gets to my desk, the sooner I can sign it, and sooner we can use these measures to save lives.”

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This proposal will now go to the House and Senate.

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