Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, voted in favor of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. The bill passed on a bipartisan vote of 65-33. Senator Burr released the following statement:
“This bipartisan, commonsense legislation takes meaningful steps to keep our children, our schools, and our communities safe, without infringing on Americans’ Second Amendment rights. It provides funding for states to expand mental health services, with flexibility to implement crisis interventions that best meet their local needs. It also provides much-needed funding to bolster school safety and support law enforcement. And it strengthens the background check process by including relevant juvenile mental health and criminal records for those under the age of 21 and closing loopholes currently exploited by domestic violence offenders.
“These are measured, effective policies that a broad number of Americans support. I’m proud of the work of my colleagues, particularly my friends Thom Tillis and John Cornyn, in crafting this agreement and bringing it to the Senate floor.”