Factbox-What’s in, and what’s out, of the U.S. Senate’s gun safety framework -Breaking
(Reuters) – A bipartisan group U.S. senators announced on Sunday that they have reached an agreement to create a gun safety framework. This could be the most significant U.S. gun legislation in many decades after a series of high-profile mass shootings.
These are highlights of the agreement that were provided by 10 Republicans (enough to overturn the Senate’s filibuster) rule.
INSTATE CRISIS INTERVENTION SUPORT
This proposal will provide funds to Native American Tribes and states to implement “red flag” procedures to prevent weapons from reaching people who are deemed to pose a danger to their safety or the lives of others. This would comply with federal and state due process laws and Constitutional protections.
OUT: ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN
In a passionate speech on June 2, Democratic President Joe Biden called for Congress to reinstate the 2004 federal assault weapon ban. This prohibits the production, transfer, and possession semi-automatic assault guns and large-capacity ammunition-feeding devices. This measure is opposed by Republicans in Congress, and it was not included in Sunday’s framework agreement.
IN: ENHANCED REVIEW PROCESS FOR BUYERS UNDER 21
According to the framework, there will be an investigation period for reviewing juvenile criminal and mental records for gun purchasers under 21 years old. These would be checks on state databases as well as local law enforcement.
SEMIAUTOMATIC RIFLES: YOU MUST BE OVER 18
It does not contain a provision for raising the minimum age of purchasing a semiautomatic firearm to 21 across the country. At the moment, 18 is the minimum age for purchasing a semiautomatic rifle. The minimum age to legally buy a gun is currently 18.
IN PENALTIES FOR SWAW PURCHASES
This law will be passed to crackdown on illegal straw purchasing and trafficking guns. Straw purchases are when someone buys a weapon to be used by another person.
OUT: FEDERAL BACKGROUND CHECK EXPANSION
It does not contain any proposals for expanding federal background checks that allow you to purchase a weapon within three to ten days. The framework does not eliminate a loophole that federal law allows for many online sales and gun show purchases to be unchecked.
IN: MENTAL HEALTH & TELEHEALTH INVESTMENTS
It would create more community-based behavioral health centers and make investments in suicide prevention and mental health programs. The proposal would also help to fund trauma and crisis intervention services, and invest in programs that improve access to behavioral and mental health services for young people and their families via telehealth.
RELEASE OF LIABILITY SHIELD
This proposed framework does not mention the possibility of repealing or amending the federal liability protection that guns manufacturers have against being sued by gun owners for violent acts committed while they are carrying their guns.
IN: CLARIFICATION SUR DEFINITION LICENSED-DEALER
This framework will also define federally licensed firearms dealers and punish criminals who evade licensing requirements.
PROTECTIONS DURING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Under the proposed proposal, those who were convicted for domestic violence and have domestic violence orders will be subject to background checks.
IN: SCHOOL-BASED MENTAL HEALTH AND SUPPORT SERVICES FUNDING
This framework proposes funding for mental health support services and schools to increase their availability, as well as early intervention and prevention programs.
SCHOOL SAFETY RESERVE FUNDING
The proposal would see federal funding go to programs to support safety in schools, prevent school violence, and train school staff and students.