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Congress set to vote on gun violence bill

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Congress is on the verge of approving a $13 billion bipartisan gun violence bill. House approval is expected Friday on legislation that would be lawmakers’ most sweeping answer in decades to mass shootings

The measure would toughen background checks for the youngest gun buyers, keep firearms from more domestic violence offenders and help states put in place red flag laws that make it easier for authorities to take weapons from people determined dangerous. It would also fund local programs for school safety, mental health and violence prevention.

Nebraska’s two US Senators Sasse and Fischer voted no on the measure 

U.S Senator Ben Sasse said in a statement 

“We’ve got two objectives: First, local, state, and federal governments need to focus on the mental health issues that are at the root of mass shootings committed by deeply-troubled and suicidal young men. 

Second, doing that right means doing the careful work of building strong due process protections so that governments focus on the at-risk individuals without burdening constitutional rights. Unfortunately, the way this bill has been hastily drafted, it accomplishes the first but not the second, and I cannot support it.

Senator Fischer said in a statement 

“I appreciate that this bill contains funding for expanded mental health services and enhanced school security – these are important ways to help keep our kids and communities safe. However, I have serious concerns about other parts of the legislation that would infringe upon law-abiding citizens’ second amendment rights and limit due process. I cannot support this bill.”


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