By Keelin Berrian
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Erie News Now) – Earlier, Congress signed new restrictions on gun laws with Bipartisan support, which hasn’t happened in nearly three decades.
Saturday morning President Biden signed The Safer Communities Act into law.The bill comes after a sequence of mass shootings and increased gun violence.
But here in our area, gun violence is spiking. So the new Bill excites area residents like Gary Thompson.
“I’m glad we came together on this because we needed it,” says Thompson.
Thompson was at Erie’s Food Truck Festival when he told Erie News Now how he feels about guns. He hopes the new bill will lessen so much violence.
“Have more responsibilities with it. Which comes from parenting,” Thompson says.
S. 2938 doesn’t have everything Democrats want, but it does include what’s been long called for, increasing funding for mental health, deeper background checks for purchasers between the ages of 18 and 21, and allowing states to pass “red flag laws” against anyone deemed a threat to themselves or others.
However, on the other hand, some people don’t agree with the signed law.
“You have to support your local government, but I am all about the Second Amendment and being able to protect myself and my family in a crazy world.”