Bipartisan Senate Gun Safety Bill Faces NRA’s Opposition

Stressing that the Senate gun safety legislation would unnecessarily burden the exercise of Second Amendment freedom, the National Rifle Association (NRA) announced on Tuesday that it will not support the new bill.

The statement, among other things, adds that the association will support the proposed legislation to improve school safety, promote mental health services and help reduce violence.

NRA representatives underscored their opposition to this gun control legislation because, as they claim, it falls short at every level and does pretty much nothing to address violent crime but will definitely interfere with their constitutional freedoms.

On the other hand, it hinders unnecessarily the exercise of Second Amendment freedom by law-abiding gun owners and can be abused to restrict lawful gun purchases and to fund local and state government-implemented gun control measures.

The NRA also underlined that as the Supreme Court of the United States’ decisions in the Heller and McDonald cases make clear, the Second Amendment is individual constitutional freedom.

The association remarks came as the Senate negotiators reached Tuesday the long-awaited deal on a bipartisan gun safety bill, breaking nearly 30 years of stalemate on the issue.

The legislation, which represents a rare moment of bipartisan agreement on the charged issues of gun control and gun violence, aims to take firearms away from dangerous people, among other things.

Although such reforms were top Democratic priorities ten years ago, the legislation does not ban assault-style rifles or high-capacity magazines nor significantly expands background-check requirements for gun purchases.

The Senate plans to vote on the bipartisan legislation at the end of this week.

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