By Dan Spalding
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Todd Young on Tuesday, June 21, joined 13 other Republicans in supporting gun safety legislation that appears to be moving closer to passage.
The Indiana Senator was one of the newest Republicans to join Democrats in supporting the legislative package viewed by many as the most extensive gun bill in decades.
Tuesday’s 64-to-34 vote advances the bill in a series of steps that could lead to a quick passage before heading to President Joe Biden’s desk for consideration.
Indiana’s other U.S. Senator, Mike Braun, did not support the measure moving forward.
The legislation would provide more money for mental health services and accomplish two other goals.
It would add additional vetting for potential gun buyers between the ages of 18 and 21 to include juvenile records on criminal activity and mental health. It would also reduce what’s known as the “boyfriend loophole” to include dating partners in preventing convicted domestic abusers from buying a gun.