Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Thursday called on Democrats to bring Joe Biden’s gun control proposals up for votes in Congress. Graham essentially signaled that he is ready to negotiate away Americans’ rights protected by the Second Amendment.
In a tweet addressing the Biden plan for an “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines ban as well as other restrictions, Graham said, “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.”
Graham also said that he is ready to make deals with Democrats to find a “compromise” arrangement on gun control. Such an arrangement could presumably receive enough GOP support to overcome the 60-vote threshold created by the Senate’s filibuster rule for gun control legislation. In what he apparently intended as a slight to Biden, Graham said that he is ready to find “common ground” with the opposing party.
As Biden was addressing the nation in a prime-time address on Thursday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi was making plans to bring three gun control proposals up for a vote before the full House in the coming week. Those proposals were advanced along party lines by the House Judiciary Committee Thursday evening.
The House is also expected to take up a measure that would federalize various state-level “red flag” laws that purport to keep people who “pose a threat to themselves or others” from obtaining firearms. The Pelosi proposal would impose a “nationwide extreme risk law,” according to her letter to lawmakers.
Critics of red-flag laws claim that they operate as a mechanism for denying Americans their Constitutional rights without due process of law and would permit “prior restraint” regulations that put citizens in the position of being forced to prove they should be permitted to exercise fundamental rights in advance.
The Pelosi red-flag proposal reportedly has a chance at finding enough support from Republicans like Graham in the Senate to reach the necessary 60-vote requirement there.
Among other provisions, the House bills ban high-capacity magazines and bump stocks, raises the federal age limit for purchasing semi-automatic firearms to 21, places background check requirements on purchasing “ghost guns,” creates strict storage rules for privately owned firearms and bans proxy purchases of firearms.