Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer promised to bring up gun control legislation in the Senate following the mass shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, that left 10 people dead.
Schumer blamed the GOP, which controlled the majority in recent years, for refusing to bring up a gun control bill.
“This Senate will be different,” Schumer said. “This Senate is going to debate and address the epidemic of gun violence in this country.”
Schumer made the pledge on the Senate floor as the Democratic-led Senate Judiciary Committee conducted a hearing on proposals to address gun violence.
Earlier this month, Schumer announced the Senate will take up a bill requiring universal background checks for gun purchases that passed the House on March 11.
“I’ve already committed to bringing universal background checks legislation to the floor,“ Schumer said.
Schumer did not indicate whether Democrats may try to go even further to rein in gun ownership by taking up legislation banning some assault-style weapons and ammunition.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, and Rep. David Cicilline, a Rhode Island Democrat, this month introduced identical measures banning the sale, transfer, manufacture, and importation of “military-style assault weapons,” as well as high-capacity ammunition magazines.
A previous ban on assault-style weapons expired 17 years ago, but Democrats have said it should be renewed following several mass shootings.