Senate passes gun safety, mental health measure


Last night, US Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted in favor of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, targeted legislation to address loopholes in the law that allowed mass shootings, including the need for additional resources to mental health and school safety. The bill provides historic investments in our mental health care system, including in rural areas, more resources for school safety, and helps keep guns out of the hands of criminals and those who do not. are not allowed to own them. The bill passed the Senate 65-33.

“From the outset, this bill was a compromise measure, spearheaded by a bipartisan group of 20 of my Senate colleagues. I join them in their commitment to show the public that Congress knows that the status quo on gun violence is not acceptable – that we can do more for the safety of schools, for the safety of our communities and to make in the face of the growing mental health crisis in this country,” said Senator Murkowski. “This legislation emphasizes mental health and school safety programs and provides additional funding to ensure that children and people of all ages are better protected. As a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment and a gun owner myself, it was essential to ensure that this legislation did not violate the rights of law-abiding gun owners. It’s not. While this legislation is not perfect, it is a responsive, responsible, and targeted approach to addressing the very serious mass shootings and incidents of gun violence that this country continues to face.

The bill does NOT create a national red flag law, nor does it require or incentivize states to enact red flag laws, or penalize states that do not have such laws; it does NOT violate the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens; and it does NOT create universal background checks, mental health checks, or mandatory or de facto waiting periods.

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  • It provides federal funding to implement crisis intervention programs such as mental health courts, veterans courts and drug courts.
  • It improves access to mental health and suicide prevention programs, as well as crisis and trauma intervention.
  • It provides important resources for school safety and violence prevention.
  • It invests in telehealth and mental health services in schools, including early identification and intervention.
  • For buyers under 21, there is an enhanced background check to search for potentially disqualifying juvenile records, including checks with state databases and local law enforcement.
  • It ensures that convicted domestic violence abusers cannot illegally possess a firearm.

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