McConnell backs bipartisan gun safety legislation

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he will support the bipartisan gun safety bill text released Tuesday, which was completed days after a group of senators had announced agreement on the bill’s framework.

“I support the bill text that Senator Cornyn and our colleagues have produced,” McConnell said in a statement. “For years, the far left falsely claimed that Congress could only address the terrible issue of mass murders by trampling on law-abiding Americans’ constitutional rights.”

“This bill proves that false,” he continued. “Our colleagues have put together a commonsense package of popular steps that will help make these horrifying incidents less likely while fully upholding the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.”

McConnell’s support indicates the bill has a chance of garnering support from additional Senate Republicans who had not already endorsed the bill’s framework.

Senate Republican Whip John Thune (R-S. D.) predicted the legislation would pass and noted that 10 Republican senators signed off on the bipartisan framework underlying the bill earlier this month.

“My assumption is that based on that fact that they had 60 votes for the framework that they’ll have enough to pass,” he said.

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N. Y.) immediately held a vote Tuesday evening to proceed to the bill and predicted it would pass by the end of the week.

“I expect the bill to pass the Senate by the week’s end. I want to c... (Read more)