That Would Be A ‘Yes’: Mitch McConnell Backs New Gun Control ‘Deal’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has weighed in on a supposed ‘deal’ reached on new gun control measures on Tuesday.

According to reports, the Kentucky Republican is “comfortable” with the measures and plans to vote in favor of them.

On June 12 a bipartisan Senate gun control agreement was announced.

Breitbart News reported that the agreement includes a requirement for an “investigative period” during background checks for gun purchases for persons under 21 years of age. The agreement does not indicate any stipulation for how long this “investigative period” may last or how long it could stretch the time it takes to complete a background check.

On June 14, CBS correspondent Scott MacFarlane tweeted, “Sen Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announces he will support bi-partisan framework on new gun control and school safety legislation.”

MacFarlane further indicated McConnell’s position, partially quoting him: “The bipartisan group has done the best they can” to reach a gun-control agreement.

“For myself, I’m comfortable with the framework and if the legislation ends up reflecting what the framework indicates, I’ll be supportive,” McConnell told reporters after the weekly Senate GOP conference lunch.

“For myself, I’m comfortable with the framework and if the legislation ends up reflecting what the framework indicates, I’ll be supportive,” McConnell told reporters after the weekly Senate GOP conference lunch, The Hill noted.

The outlet continued:

McConnell is the 11th Republican to signal support for the bipartisan framework, meaning that legislation based on its principles will likely have enough votes to overcome a filibuster.

Every Democrat is expected to vote for the legislation.

The proposal would also provide billions of dollars for community mental health centers, as well as money to improve school security.

One of its more controversial provisions would be to close the so-called “boyfriend loophole” to deny firearms to current and former dating partners that are subject to domestic violence restraining orders.

“If this framework becomes the actual legislation, it’s a step forward,” McConnell said Tuesday.

He added that passing the measure in response to mass shootings in Buffalo, N.Y., and Uvalde, Texas, recently would further demonstrate to Americans “that we can come together, which we have done from time to time on things like infrastructure and postal reform, to make progress for the country.”


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