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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Apr 8, 2013

In an effort to curb gun related violence, the Senate will vote next month to consider a bill which would potentially limit the sale of guns both legally and illegally. Part of the bill initially included a ban on assault weapons, which was then swiftly struck down. The vote count needed to be at 60 before it could be included in the new draft of gun safety measures, but the total in favor came out to less than 40.

 

 

The new gun control bill comes after the mass public shootings which have been becoming all too frequent in the past few years. In the recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut assault weapons were used, sparking the urgency in changing the law regarding firearms.  Many believe that banning these guns would result in larger bans in the future or taking guns away from private citizens.

Many of ‘no’ votes were from both republicans and democrats because of the unlikelihood that it would pass, therefore potentially squandering the other parts of the bill. Some of the new legislation trying to get through includes increased fines and a felony sentencing for the straw purchasing of firearms, which is buying a gun for someone who cannot obtain one legally.

Some of the other prospects of the bill include a more thorough and comprehensive background check, another measure to try and prevent criminal and mentally ill people from obtaining a gun. Many people on both sides of the political spectrum agree that this is a fair compromise, not wanting to get too caught up with extremist ideologies; there may be a chance at a fair deal.

The assault weapons ban may still come back up later however, in the form of an amendment, although its likelihood of it passing is doubtful. The NRA is a powerful political force, and any changes to the law regarding a weapons ban would need their OK in order to pass.