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Congress sends sweeping gun control bill to Biden – here’s who voted for it

A handgun and a gun safe. (Tech. Sgt. Thomas Dow/U.S. Air Force)
June 24, 2022

The House of Representatives hurriedly voted to pass a sweeping gun control bill on Friday hours after receiving the bill from the Senate, who passed it late Thursday. The bill was sent to President Joe Biden’s desk and is now awaiting his signature.

The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act includes funding for states to enact “red flag” gun confiscation laws modeled after federal framework released earlier this year, as well as stricter background checks for gun buyers under age 21, a waiting period for 18-20-year-old gun buyers, new gun ownership restrictions for domestic abusers, and mental health program funding.

The Democrat majority chamber passed the bill in a 234-193 vote with all Democrats and 14 Republicans supporting the bill.

In a rare move, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi herself presided over the vote and announced its result at the podium. Her fellow Democrats erupted into cheers after the vote.

The 14 Republicans who defied top party leadership’s opposition and instead voted for the bill include:

  • Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
  • Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina
  • Rep. John Katko of New York
  • Rep. Maria Salazar of Florida
  • Rep. Chris Jacobs of New York
  • Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania
  • Rep. Peter Meijer of Michigan
  • Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan
  • Rep. Tony Gonzales of Texas
  • Rep. Steve Chabot of Ohio
  • Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio
  • Rep. David Joyce of Ohio
  • Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio

Late Thursday night, the Senate had approved the bill in a 65-33 vote with all Democrats and 15 Republicans supporting the bill. The legislation had only been introduced hours earlier.

The Senate Republicans who helped break the 60-vote filibuster threshold are:

  • Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky
  • Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina
  • Sen. Susan Collins of Maine
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina
  • Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana
  • Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri
  • Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina
  • Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah
  • Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio
  • Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia
  • Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
  • Sen. Todd Young of Indiana
  • Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania
  • Sen. John Cornyn of Texas

The bill will require local and state level juvenile and mental health records to be added to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), expanding the background checks for gun buyers under age 21 to scan for more potentially disqualifying factors. A waiting period of up to 10 days may be imposed for the background check.

The bill also broadens the definition of gun sellers to those who buy and sell guns to “predominantly earn a profit,” thus subjecting them to Federal Firearms Licensing requirements.

Late Thursday night after the bill’s passage in the Senate, President Joe Biden released the following statement:

“Tonight, after 28 years of inaction, bipartisan members of Congress came together to heed the call of families across the country and passed legislation to address the scourge of gun violence in our communities. Families in Uvalde and Buffalo – and too many tragic shootings before – have demanded action.  And tonight, we acted,” he said.

“This bipartisan legislation will help protect Americans. Kids in schools and communities will be safer because of it. The House of Representatives should promptly vote on this bipartisan bill and send it to my desk,” he added.