Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) on Wednesday introduced a bill to repeal the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act which was signed into law in June, arguing that the law is neither bipartisan nor constitutional.
In a press release announcing the bill, known as the Shall Not Be Infringed Act, Boebert claimed the new gun control law infringed on Americans’ Second Amendment rights and would do nothing to prevent mass shootings. Boebert also criticized the Senate Republicans who worked with Democrats to craft the law and rush it to a vote.
“This poorly written law was negotiated behind closed doors by a small group of Senate RINOs that do not reflect the interests and values of the American people,” the Colorado Republican said in a statement.
“Shockingly, this bill was rushed to the floor a few days after introduction and didn’t receive a single Congressional hearing or markup despite the legal implications for millions of gun owners in America,” the statement continued.
The gun control legislation was passed by Congress after a bipartisan group of senators, led by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), worked together to write the law and bring it to a vote. During final voting, 15 Republican senators and 14 Republican representatives supported the bill.
At the time, many Republican lawmakers criticized their colleagues for advancing the legislation. Boebert expressed shock that supposedly pro-Second Amendment congressmen would support a bill to limit the right to bear arms.
“We all know that Bernie Sanders is going to vote to take away your guns. He ran on that platform,” Boebert said at the time. “But I do think that it’s surprising some of the other 14 senators who ran on preserving Second Amendment rights have decided to turn their back on their commitment.”
While it’s unlikely Boebert’s bill to repeal the gun control law will be considered before November, if Republicans are able to retake the House and Senate after the midterm elections, GOP lawmakers could choose to take up the repeal effort.
28 members of Congress have already joined Boebert in supporting the Shall Not Be Infringed Act, including Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ).