House Republicans Voice Opposition to Senate Gun Control Legislation

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House GOP leaders have announced that they will vote against the Senate’s gun control bill, with House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) saying he will whip voting against the measure.

Lauren Fine, Scalise’s spokesperson, told Fox News Digital on June 22 that the No. 2 House Republican will encourage his fellow Republicans to vote “no.”

“In an effort to slowly chip away at law-abiding citizens’ 2nd Amendment rights, this legislation takes the wrong approach in attempting to curb violent crimes,” Scalise wrote in a whip notice, according to the outlet.

On June 21, the Senate held a procedural vote to advance the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, with a vote count of 64–34. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sens. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and John Cornyn (R-Texas) were among 14 Republicans who voted for the legislation.

Sens. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) did not cast a vote. However, Toomey issued a statement supporting the legislation.

The Senate is expected to vote on the legislation this week, before the senators depart for a two-week recess on June 27.

House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has also voiced his opposition to the bill, according to The Federalist.

“I will oppose the Senate bill because provisions in it would place additional unnecessary impediments and burdens on [a] law-abiding citizen’s right to own a firearm,” McCarthy said.

House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) issued a statement saying she will not vote for the Senate bill either.

“This bill contains unconstitutional gun control provisions and allows the implementation of red flag laws that take away due process rights,” Stefanik wrote. “It would restrict men and women who are able to serve in our military from purchasing a firearm and would strip the constitutional rights of gunowners by broadening the scope of punishment for even nonviolent misdemeanors.”

“As this blatant government overreach seeks to make gun owners second-class citizens, I will continue to stand up for the Constitution and push for solutions, including advocating for increased mental health resources across the country,” she concluded.

Epoch Times Photo Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) speaks to Epoch Times reporter Joshua Philipp at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Fla., on Feb. 28, 2021. (Screenshot/The Epoch Times)

The House Freedom Caucus, chaired by ​​Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), has also announced opposition to the bill.

“Red flag laws permit the preemptive seizure of firearms from Americans without due process by allowing any person to report a gunowner to law enforcement and petition for the confiscation of that individual’s firearms, even before the gunowner has an opportunity to defend themselves,” the caucus said in a statement.

However, at least one House Republican has publicly declared his intention to support the Senate bill.

Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-Texas), who represents Uvalde, took to Read Entire Article