Written by on June 23, 2022


Shared By Peter Boykin – American Political Commentator / Citizen Journalist


14 Republican Senators joined all 50 Democrats to advance a gun control bill that would fund red flag laws across the country.

The details: It’s important to note that this wasn’t a vote to pass the bill. The senators voted to begin debate on the bill – a procedural motion, but an important one. It also signals that the 14 Republicans are likely to vote to pass the bill.

Remember, the senate requires 60 votes to pass a bill. So Democrats need 10 Republican votes.

Key provisions: The text of the bill was released and it’s very similar to the details we outlined two weeks ago in this newsletter:

Enhanced background checks for people under 21.

Funding for mental health and school safety.

Funding for states to implement red flag laws

Red flag laws allow law enforcement to preemptively seize a citizen’s firearms without due process if they are “determined to be a significant danger to themselves or others.”

This bill would provide funding to create “mental health courts, drug courts, veterans’ courts, and extreme risk protection orders”

The bill says you have “the right to be represented by counsel at no expense to the government.” In other words, if you are accused of being unfit to own a firearm, if you cannot afford a lawyer, you will not be provided one when you appear before the “mental health courts” outlined above.

Next steps: Look for Chuck Schumer to try and ram this vote through before the Senate breaks for its two-week July 4 recess.

The Republican collaborators who voted with the Democrats are all listed below.

Roy Blunt (Mo.)

Richard Burr (N.C.)

Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.)

Bill Cassidy (La.)

Susan M. Collins (Maine)

John Cornyn (R-Texas.)

Joni Ernst (Iowa)

Lindsey Graham (S.C.)

Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)

Rob Portman (Ohio)

Mitt Romney (Utah)

Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)

Thom Tillis (R-N.C.)

Todd Young (Ind.).

Related: Senator John Cornyn, the Republican who spearheaded negotiations with Democrats on this bill was overheard on the Senate floor suggesting he want to work with Democrats on immigration next:

“First guns, now it’s immigration.”

I encourage you to contact these “Republicans” and [respectfully] demand they remove red flag laws from this bill. The Senate switchboard number is (202) 224-3121. If you call that number, the operator will connect you to any of these Senator’s offices.


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