The legislation helps states implement red flag laws that remove firearms from individuals deemed unfit to possess them.
It funds violence prevention and mental health programs and expands background checks for gun buyers under the age of 21.
Texas Senator John Cornyn played a key role in negotiating the deal.
On Tuesday, ABC13 had its first opportunity to interview him about it. Cornyn said he believes the law will save lives.
“My red line was not to interfere with the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. I am a gun owner myself. I’m not a threat to public safety. Law-abiding gun owners are not a threat to public safety, but we know who they are, people with mental health problems or criminals who shouldn’t be getting their hands on firearms,” Cornyn said.
Cornyn also spoke of being booed at the GOP conference in Houston a few weeks ago.
He said it was disappointing but in his words he refuses to be cancelled.
“If the FBI has three days to do a background check, and 90% of the time they go through it pretty quickly, but 10% of the time they need more time to figure it out. This provides an opportunity to access state juvenile and psychiatrist health records, as well as local law enforcement to see if there is anything else that would raise concerns,” Cornyn said.
On Tuesday, the Harris County Commissioners Court approved a partnership with the city of Houston for a gun buyback program to be held July 30 at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church.
“There is no question that there are too many guns on the streets. To incentivize the removal of stolen guns from the streets of Houston, the city will also fund a robust $1 million gun buyback initiative that will reduce the likelihood that illegally obtained firearms will be used to encourage violent crime.” , according to a press release from the program.
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