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Washington, D.C.—Tonight by a vote of 65-33, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation to protect America’s children, keep our schools safe, and reduce the threat of violence across our country. The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act now heads to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.
Senator Collins was a member of the group of 12 Senators led by Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and John Cornyn (R-TX) who negotiated this gun safety legislation. Immediately prior to the vote, Senator Collins delivered remarks from the Senate floor urging her colleagues to support the bill.
“As a member of the group of 12 Senators led by Chris Murphy (D-CT) and John Cornyn (R-TX) who negotiated this gun safety legislation, we have reached consensus on a bipartisan bill, which represents the most significant gun safety legislation in decades. Our plan will help prevent gun violence while protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans,” said Senator Collins. “As I strongly advocated for, our bill will fund crisis intervention programs like Maine’s yellow flag law. Maine’s law has robust due process provisions that allow a court, following an assessment by a medical professional, to determine if a person should temporarily lose possession of firearms because they pose a serious threat to themselves or others. Our bill will also help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals by including provisions based on a bill I authored with Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to crack down on straw purchasing and firearms trafficking. Additionally, our bill will strengthen mental health resources and improve school safety. These improvements will not infringe on the rights of law-abiding gun owners.”
During her remarks this evening, Senator Collins highlighted two specific provisions of the bill that she worked on: