Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema gives floor speech on gun violence bill she helped craft

By Matthew Casey, Associated Press
Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2022 - 6:20pm
Updated: Thursday, June 23, 2022 - 7:09am

Kyrsten Sinema Arizona Chamber of Commerce keynote
Office of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema
Kyrsten Sinema addresses the Arizona Chamber of Commerce on April 13, 2022.

An 80-page bill to address gun violence has cleared an initial hurdle in the U.S. Senate and could be headed to President Joe Biden’s desk by the end of the week. 

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema helped craft the bipartisan legislation following the massacre at a school in Uvalde, Texas.

In a floor speech Wednesday, Sinema said the proposal acknowledges that most gun owners follow the law.  

“We crack down on criminals who illegally sell or purchase guns and ensure that courts, consistent with clear due process rights, can keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of people who are dangers to themselves and others,” said Sinema.

The bill would also make background checks tougher for young gun buyers, plus boost spending for school safety and mental-health programs.