South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham called for Democrats to bring to the floor President Joe Biden’s gun control legislation to vote in Congress.
“I stand ready to vote on ALL the proposals mentioned by President Biden tonight and encourage the Democratic Leader to bring them forward for votes,” wrote Graham on Twitter.
“I also stand ready to work across the aisle to find common ground – something that was absent from President Biden’s address to the nation.”
Last week, Graham was questioned by reporters and had a much different response about Biden’s legislation then. Watch Lindsey Graham speaking at 00:30 seconds in about the Uvalde mass shooting a week ago.
“If Democrats want to impose the assault weapons ban again, bring it up. Let’s vote,” Graham said.
Graham has been reportedly working with Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut to finish their “red flag” legislation. Graham is trying to hammer out details so that they can overcome a filibuster in the Senate, said four sources to CBS news. Graham and Blumenthal have both confirmed this separately too.
Blumenthal told CBS, “Lindsey has been working very hard and in good faith, and we’ve made progress.”
On Thursday during his remarks to the nation, Joe Biden called on Congress to reinstate the 1994 “Assault Weapons Ban” and asked the nation to “For God’s sake, do something.”
The “Assault Weapons Ban” referenced in his speech was a subsection of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. The law banned the manufacturing of semi-automatic firearms deemed “assault weapons.”
“We need to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines, and if we can’t ban assault weapons, then we should raise the age to purchase them from 18 to 21,” said Biden
Biden also called for the limiting of the amount of rounds a weapon could hold.
“We should limit how many rounds a weapon can hold. Why in God’s name should an ordinary citizen be able to purchase an assault weapon that holds 30-round magazines, that let mass shooters fire hundreds of bullets in a matter of minutes?” Biden declared.
On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that three new gun laws should be voted on next week.
“Red flag” laws are the most likely suite of gun control laws to pass through Congress at Biden’s request. There are 19 states with “red flag laws” in the U.S. where a judge can take a firearm away from a legal owner if they are a risk to themselves or others.
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