In two bipartisan votes in as many days, the U.S. Congress passed the first major piece of gun-related legislation in over two decades this week.
While the bill covers mental health, school security, background checks, “red flag” laws, straw purchases, and domestic violence, it does not include many of the Biden administration’s favored proposals. Most American hunters are unlikely to be affected by the new law since it doesn’t impose any new bans on firearms, ammunition, or hunting gear.
However, there are certain portions of the bill that would affect younger hunters almost immediately, and the legislation’s success could signal a more bipartisan approach to gun policy in the United States.
What’s in the Bill?
The bill, dubbed the “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act,” was crafted by 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats in the Senate in response to two recent mass murders in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas. The provisions are ostensibly designed to prevent future…