The Senate passed the bipartisan Safer Communities Act of 2022. While some critics believe that more could have been done, this has been the most significant legislation to pass since 1994. Provisions in the new law include:

  • Allowing 10 business days for authorities to examine the mental health and juvenile gun records for potential gun buyers under 21.
  • Making gun trafficking or purchases on behalf of some prohibited from possessing a gun a federal crime.
  • Provides $750 million to “red flag” laws, which would allow guns to be temporarily confiscated from people found to be a present danger.

Allocates $15 billion for improving mental health services and boosting in-school intervention programs.

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