(Washington, DC) — The U.S. Senate is advancing bipartisan gun safety legislation. It marks the most significant new gun violence legislation from the federal government in nearly three decades.
The bill passed by a vote of 65-to-33.. All 50 Democratic members voted to pass it, along with 15 Republicans. The bill includes increased background check measures and more funding for mental health, school safety and crisis intervention programs.
Indiana republican Senator Todd Young voted in favor of the bill. “We don’t have to choose between protecting Second Amendment rights and keeping guns away from those who might be a danger to themselves or others. said Young in a statement released Thursday night. “We can and should do both.”
Indiana’s other Senator, Mike Braun, voted against the bill.
The bill now heads to the House where Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the Rules Committee will meet Friday morning to advance it to the floor.