WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders said on Wednesday they will formally oppose the dual gun law and urge lawmakers to vote against the measure.
Democrats control the House and can probably pass the bill without any support from Republicans. In the Senate, the deal garnered enough Republican support on Tuesday to clear a procedural hurdle, raising the odds the measure will pass the chamber.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., told House Republicans they oppose the measure behind closed doors on Wednesday.
The legislation is likely to get support from some moderate Republicans. A GOP legislator, speaking on condition of anonymity to give an honest assessment of Republican deliberations, predicted that 10 to 15 House Republicans will defect and vote for the bill, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.
Former President Donald Trump, who still holds sway over his party, announced his opposition to the deal and encouraged Republicans to oppose the legislation.
Rep. Tony Gonzales, a Republican from Uvalde, Texas, announced on Wednesday that he will vote in favor of the bill. It was made after the mass shooting in his district last month that killed 19 children and two teachers, and another in Buffalo, New York that killed 10 people.
“I am a survivor of domestic violence, my stepfather would come home drunk and beat me and my mother. One night he decided that was not enough and shoved a gun in my mother’s mouth. I was 5 at the time and not strong enough to ward off the wolves,” wrote Gonzales on Twitteradding that school was his refuge from the chaos at home and he served his country in the navy for 20 years, including fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
As a congressman, he said, “It is my duty to pass laws that never violate the Constitution while protecting the lives of innocents. In the coming days, I look forward to voting YES to the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. “
At least 10 Republicans in the Senate have expressed support for the bipartisan bill, meaning the legislation is expected to exceed the filibuster threshold of 60 votes. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., aims to hold a final vote by the end of the week before Congress leaves for a two-week recess on July 4.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she plans to bring the bill to the House for a vote once it is passed in the Senate.
Pelosi said in a statement that while more is needed to tackle gun violence, the legislation contains favorable provisions.
“Communities across the country will benefit from the House Democrats’ proposals in this package, which will help keep deadly weapons out of dangerous hands by encouraging states to enact laws for extreme risk protection and ending purchases.” of straw,” she said. “This legislation will also close the boyfriend loophole, which marks strong progress to prevent known abusers from acquiring a firearm.”
Earlier this month, the House passed legislation containing tougher gun-related restrictions† The room approved the Protecting Our Children Act in a vote of 223-204, with five Republicans joining all but two of Democrats in support. Democratic Representatives Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon opposed the bill. The five Republicans who opposed their party were Chris Jacobs of New York, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Fred Upton of Michigan, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.
The Senate package contains stricter restrictions. The bill would provide “red flag” grants to any state, including those that do not pass red flag laws, that could be used for other crisis prevention programs designed to prevent individuals in crisis from resorting to violence, the so-called “boyfriend loophole” and would increase background checks for people 18 to 21 years old. The bill would impose tougher penalties for arms trafficking and “clarify” which sellers must register as a federal firearms licensee, which would force them to conduct background checks. The bill would provide more money for mental health and school health care.
The National Rifle Association was quick to announce its opposition to the bill, arguing in a statement Tuesday that the legislation “does little to really tackle violent crime while opening the door to undue burdens from exercising the freedom of the second amendment by law-abiding gun owners.”
This is the closest Congress has passed major legislation to tackle gun violence in nearly 10 years. After the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, Sens. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., struck a deal on background checks, but it was defeated in 2013.