U.S. House Democrats this week are expected to pass a slate of gun control measures that include raising the minimum age for purchasing a semiautomatic rifle from 18 to 21 years old, banning large-capacity magazines, further restricting bump stocks that allow guns to be fired rapidly, and further regulating “ghost guns,” which are untraceable firearms that can be bought online and assembled at home.
House Democrats are also expected to take a vote on a bill sponsored by Georgia U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath that would create a federal “red flag” law that allows guns to be temporarily removed from people deemed by a judge to be a threat to themselves or others. That law would also incentives states to create their own “red flag” legislation. Georgia is not among the 19 states that already have such laws on the books.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has also said the House will at some point take a vote on reinstating a ban on assault weapons.
If Murphy and the bipartisan group of senators, including lead Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, are able to reach an agreement, their legislation is expected to be much narrower in scope. Expanded background checks, red flag laws, improving school safety and a waiting period for 18- to 21-year-olds buying certain guns appear to have the most traction in the Senate.
Warnock said he knows Democrats will need to adjust their expectations of what the Senate can accomplish on the issue with the filibuster in mind.
“What we get passed is not going to be everything we want,” he said. “But we need to break this logjam.”