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took nearly three decades but most significant gun legislation in that time, closer to law as it awaits president biden's signature. let's go "outfront." and good evening, i'm erin burnett, "outfront" tonight, protests nationwide tonight as the supreme court overturns roe v wade, looking at like pictures from chicago, boston, atlanta and the steps of the supreme court. at least 70 protests in the united states planned tonight as crowds have been growing through the day. some are celebrating, but the vast majority we see tonight are protesting the 5-4 supreme court ruling. >> we refuse to go back! >> this decision is an outrage. >> it's terrifying, more than anything, makes me angry. >> these people do not decide
our life. >> the decision for many in america already being felt. there are 13 states, i'll show on the screen, that already have what's called a trigger law. a law in place that would ban abortion in the event the supreme court overturned the land mark roe v wade decision so the minute the overturn happened the law triggered abortion ban so you see that in 13 states, one is arkansas where already as many as 100 procedures or appointments have already been canceled. and it's not just those 13. i want to tell you about west virginia, because it's not one of those trigger states. it is a state where it's already very difficult to get an abortion, only one health center in the state that actually provides that service, and they've stopped the procedure after the ruling today and, well, why you may ask? i'll tell you, the women's health center of west virginia posted the reason on facebook. they say, due to a law in west virginia criminal code from 1882 that penalizes provider and
patient with a sentence up to 18 years, forced to stop providing abortion care immediately until further notice. so we're back to ya1882 in the state of west virginia. several other states such as south carolina expected to act next. today's decision was literally almost word for word what we saw in that explosive draft opinion leaked last month. people had hoped perhaps there would be changes, perhaps that leak would spark a change -- no, basically word for word the same, bucking the view of the vast majority of americans. but justice samuel leto wrote in the court's opinion, roe was egregiously wrong from the start, reasoning was weak and has had damaging consequences. the rebuttal from the three liberal justices on the court was, i quote, with sorrow from
the court but millions of american women who lost a fundamental constitutional protection, we dissent. that sentiment echoed today by the president. >> today, supreme court of the united states expressly took away a constitutional right from the american people that had already recognized. it doesn't limit it, they simply took it away. it's a realization of an extreme ideology and a tragic error by the supreme court in my view. >> well, the decision, according to one of the nation's leading voices on reproductive, women's reproductive health, will put the life of more women at risk and we spoke to him, although most, i quote, most pregnant women are healthy, they can get cancer or heart disease and abortion may be the only way for them to get the treatment they need. the option of safely ending a pregnancy when there are complications is crucial to preserve the health of women and wherever this is restricted or banned, women will die.
dr. chase from cornell, one of the experts on the subject. i want to start with sullivan who is out front in washington dc, amid the protesters marching to the supreme court. what do you see there, i know you're right in the middle of it now? >> reporter: hey erin, yeah, we've been here all day with demonstrators, in the morning there were the antiabortion rights demonstrators here celebrating. that's pretty much given way now all to demonstrators who are in favor of access to abortion rights. there have been hundreds of people outside the supreme court all day and just last few minutes, hundreds more have marched from union station, which is nearby here in washington dc, so should be a very long wait here outside the supreme court. what we heard from people is there is a mixture of activist whose have worked on this issue, we've also spoken to many
tourists. people who are in washington dc at the moment, some of whom are from states like missouri where there are trigger laws and they are coming here just in shock, really, expressing not just concern about the issue of abortion but what it means for what might come next, whether it is on the abortion of same sex marriage or other issues like that. so a lot of fear here, a lot of worry, and a lot of concern. >> all right, we're going to keep checking in with you as this develops. those concerns coming as the predicate for the decision was recognizing the right to privacy upon which those other cases were also decided and that's the right roe is based upon. go to whitney wild at another area outside the supreme court. what is happening where you are now? >> reporter: well, erin, continues to be a stream of people, this crowd growing and growing, it is now hundreds of people on the steps of the supreme court. there have been a long list of
speakers, spoken about their anger, frustration, real fear for the future. however, one of the things they have said over and over and over is this is not a conclusion, but instead, is a beginning of a new chapter. so let me give you a live look at the crowd here so you can see just how big it is. erin, earlier today, there were both sides of this issue represented. there was a couple dozen protesters from the pro-life side, that grew significantly, but then that group left earlier this afternoon and so for the last several hours, this has been entirely people who are out here protesting the supreme court opinion that came down today. what's important to note is the fact that this is basically one group of the same intention here is that this really minimizes the risk that comes when you have opposing groups who might clash so that's a little bit of a relief for law enforcement out here today. we had not seen any arrests, not seen any reason for capital
police or other agencies out here helping out to intervene in the crowd. this has been extremely peaceful. it's been noisy, but again, extremely peaceful. we've seen no real confrontations. seen a couple people having a little back and forth, but that's it. the other thing, erin, is there have been no arrests. however, as night falls, law enforcement will be on edge and here's why. they're very concerned domestic violent extremists will see this as an opportunity to carry out acts of violence when you have a crowd like this, they're very concerned someone is going to carry out a mass casualty event so that's what they're bracing for. all calm now, but law enforcement on edge. back to you. >> whitney, thank you very much, checking back on whitney and dony and others, as the numbers build here on this summer, hot friday night. going to phil mattingly at the white house, i know you have been learning about discussions within the white house about
what to do if there is violence at any of these protests. >> reporter: you know, erin, there's a very clear recognition inside the white house just how polarizing this issue is, just how potentially out of control something could get in the wake of a decision like this. in the extensive planning, the white house and biden administration have been doing over the course of the last several weeks for just this moment, contingency plans about the possibility for violence, discussions gauging where different groupsern, where different advocacy organizations were, trying to ensure there would be peaceful protest in the wake of this decision was a key component of what the biden administration was doing and all you have to do was look at what the president said today, erin, he made a very clear point, delineating as clearly as he possibly could, calling for peaceful protests. making sure there were peaceful protests, saying there was no reason for violence in this moment that underscored the concern administration officials have had behind the scenes very clearly watching what's happening right now to try to ensure nothing moves to that
direction. >> tell me what else you're learning about the debates within the white house and biden's own role in those debates on the abortion ruling and what's next, i mean what's next, that's the huge question. obviously, there's a legal part of that but also the executive branch question there. >> yeah, there really is. when you talk to white house affiliations, made clear there is no executive order to reestablish constitutional right. there are significant limitations for the president but when he learned about the decision this morning, briefed on it in the oval office, met immediately with the senior team, revised remarks already had been prepared and his team launched into a process they've really been engaged in the last several weeks since that leaked draft, connecting phone calls with advocacy groups, intensive debates on legal authorities, what the president can do on the executive action and the president set some into action today making clear the justice department is prepared to defend anybody who is potentially criminalized for traveling to a
state where abortion is legal, talking to health and human services department and fda about the legality oren suring the legality of abortion medication. those efforts will continue. one thing officials made clear, in several phonecalls over the course of this day is this is going to be an on going discussion but when it comes down to it, the only way this can be changed or dramatically reversed is through congress where they do not have the votes now. >> and now, to the president and ceo of planned parent hood, the planned parenthood federation of america, alexis miguel johnson, i appreciate your time. look, i know you've been out with protesters and knew this is likely coming because of the leaked opinion, but when it came today, you heard the official word, essentially word for word same as the leak, no change, roe v wade overturned, what was your reaction? >> well look, i mean we were devastated, you know, i think
even with the draft opinion we all hold out one bit of hope that the court would not be so cruel. that it would not take away 49 years of precedent and strip away a right that so many millions of people depend on. that was absolutely just atrocious. >> so we heard about planned parent hood clinics in arkansas today turning away people seeking abortions. can you tell us what you're seeing at planned parenthood clinics in those states? i mean 13 of them with trigger laws, others waiting at the gates to move forward to ban the procedure fully. what are you seeing at clinics tonight? >> you know, i'm hearing about a lot of tears. i'm hearing about a lot of worries, the chaos and concern for patients who are confused about what this, what overturning roe v wade means for the procedure and care they intended to get this week or next week.
and, you know, the reality is we have known this is coming, we have been preparing, we have been working in states -- excuse me -- where we know abortion will remain legal, to increase operations. and yes, we still are in a place where we're asking 24 states to absorb the patients of 50 states. and that is very challenging. it is very difficult. >> incredible, no, and i'm sorry you've been out, you know, with protesting throughout the day so can hear that in your voice. but look, there are so many reasons people seek an abortion, you know, you can't even list them, right? it is such a deeply personal health decision. but a group of economists found that the expansion of abortion access that happened because of roe, right, after roe was passed, it did, two specific things. one, reduced teen motherhood by 34%. and teen marriage by 20%. there's been further studies showing clearly that people at
those young ages who end up having that abortion are able to have children later and have the families they want and be financially secure in a way they would not have been. so what happens now? >> i mean, what happens now is this, this overturning of a constitutional right is going to impact generations, you know, impact millions of people who would otherwise be able to make a decision to get the care they need, continue to kind of imagine their future and think about kind of how the world they want to create when they want to become a parent. and so we're talking about are people, many people who are well off and will be able to continue to get access to care and a lot of people forced into pregnancy and will impact the families they're currently caring for, impact their ability to go on to finish college or to seek another degree. it will impact, you know, people
who are riding the corporate ladder, impact the frontline worker who doesn't have the ability to take off from work for a few days to go travel to another state and spend the resources to get that care. that's what's going to happen right now. >> so what do you say to people, republicans like congresswoman liz cheney. she tweeted today, today's ruling by the supreme court returns power to the state and the people of the states to address the issue of abortion under state law. she's making the point that this overturning roe does not ban abortion, it simply gives the states the right to make the decision and if you don't like your state banning it, go and vote for other people to go into state legislature. what do you say to her? >> i say we should not live in a country where some states we are free and equal, and other states we are not.
that is why we need the federal protection. that is why we need to have a guarantee that regardless of what state you live in, we are not living in a place that is going to tell us what to do with our own bodies and lives. no state in the union is this popular, right, is it popular for politicians and lawmakers to be making personal decisions about ourselves. this is not about states rights. this is about power and control. right? this is about lawmakers telling us that they believe they can make a better decision about our bodies than we can. this is about justices who lied about their respect for precedent to get on the supreme court. that's what we should be concerned about and i agree with her, we do need to have people voting and engaged and enraged, voting, everyone, no one can be neutral on this issue, that is what we should be doing now. but i don't want to live in a country where one state i am free, another i am being held hostage by my state, that is
unacceptable and every american should believe that. >> alexis, thank you very much, appreciate your time. and i want to talk about the law here and what happens with constitutional professor at harvard law school, white house consulted with him on what they can do next. so professor, let's start with the pure legal standpoint here. obviously, this opinion had leaked and basically, it's exactly the same as what we saw a few weeks ago, a couple words changed. what do you make of the ruling? >> i think it's devastating. i agree with alexis, that doesn't make any sense in a country to have women in control of their lives in some states and not others. abraham lincoln once said we cannot survive as a nation half free and half slave. and this ruling turns women into a kind of slave to their circumstances and to the men who might insist that they have the
abortion even if it's, you know, a pregnancy resulting from rape. when liz cheney, who i admire in other contexts, says states rights, let's return to states -- where were states rights yesterday? when the supreme court told the states that they have to tow the line in terms of the kind of regulations of fire arms that were acceptable in the 1790s. ruling doesn't make any sense. >> right, new york, can't have the state make the decision on concealed carry but would appear inconsistent here. at the core of this is the question of privacy, which is the shadow of the constitution, the right that roe was based upon. the majority opinion says that other rulings based upon the concept of privacy are not at risk. they say, we have stated
unequivocally nothing should be misunderstood to cast doubt on precedent that does not concern abortion. that's the majority, however, justice thomas released an opinion and he argued, quote, in future cases, we should reconsider all of this court substantive do you process precedence including griswold, lawrence and obergefell those specific cases including privacy in contraception, same sex marriage and same sex relationships. do you believe, again, majority opinion yrn saying don't worry about those things. he explicitly said you should danger so are those in danger now? >> they're all in danger, and justice thomas is much more candid than justice aleto. aleto must have his fingers crossed. he can't prevent this decision which approaches the law in a very new way. a way that we haven't really seen for 50 years. he can't pretend it has no
implications for other rights that are not mentioned in the constitution and some would say don't have deep historical roots. the right to same sex marriage, the right to sexual intimacy between consenting adults, the right, justice thomas, for racial intermarriage, not part of our ancient history. the fact is that this country is based on a whole sea of rights that are not listed in the constitution. the court is now saying we're going to rip the underpinning out from under those rights by eliminating the method that allowed this court, over time, to recognize them, but don't worry. it's not going to affect you. that is nonsense. >> and, of course, it's important to note in that sentence i read, he didn't include interracial marriage, he of course is in an interracial marriage, listed the other ones, not the one that pertains to him personally. cnn learned today there are on
going legal debates in the white house on what the executive branch can do now. phil mattingly reporting on those. could they use federal resources to fund women's travel across state lines to state that maintain the right to abortion like california or new york? could they allow abortion provider to see use federal property to perform abortions in a state where it's fully illegal? i know the white house consulted with you, do you think any of these options are legally doable? >> i can't give the white house advice on national television. it's not the way it works. there are things that the federal government can do but they're quite limited. the main lesson is that the executive branch has very limited authority. it's the legislative branch, it's congress that now needs to enact a national law, making roe v wade the law of the land. then, federal resources can be unleashed. even without that, there's
something the people can do, they can make roe a voting issue. roe is on the ballot this november, and with a congress that believes in making women masters of their own destiny, we can make again, roe, the law of the land. >> of course, as you point out, this is going to become a huge political issue which we'll tackle next because now, of course, they do not have those votes in congress. thank you so much, professor. always appreciate your time, thank you for your context and nuance tonight. and next, as these protests grow across the country tonight, let's show you chicago, as you can see, crowds gathering thus far. calm and peaceful. but it is with outrage that so many are there tonight. will democrats actually get an advantage from this at the voting booth? plus, criminal investigations into efforts to overturn the election expanding across the united states. in washington dc, federal grand jury hearing from the leader of the stop the steal group.
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emotional while certifying the law banning abortions in the state. >> i can't wait for other women across arkansas to have that same joy of seeing their child's face that maybe they would not have seen had it not been for today's decision. >> and that's the emotion out there as now we see live protests from coast to coast in this country, following the supreme court's decision. more than 70 protests happening at this hour, some of them as crowds are gathering as the evening moves on here. in atlanta, protesters marching through that city, nick, what's happening where you are? >> reporter: yeah, this is an exceptional turnout here in atlanta for the demonstrations against today's ruling for the supreme court. several hundred people out here, organizers for one of the groups that were part of this demonstration estimate nearly 700 people out here, we don't know the exact figure but know these crowds take up several
city blocks here in downtown atlanta, began to march across this area to the steps of the capitol and upset about not only the ruling but the imp lrkzs it could have here on the state. i'll step out of the way to give you a sense of how big this crowd is. they've stopped now but continuing to march, erin, and as i mentioned, they're set about the potential implications here for the state. while georgia is not one of those trigger states or trigger laws as we've seen in some parts of the country, in 2019, the republican governor here, bryan kemp passed a bill called the so-called heart beat bill, ban abortion around 6 weeks or when heartbeat can be noticed in the fetus, that bill blocked in the lower courts from taking affect, but today's ruling, the fear is the legal implications on what could have from so far blocked going into action. as i said here, two demonstrations merged into one, so far very organic and fluid, decided to march in the last 20 minutes and continuing that
march heading back to the state capitol. erin. >> nick, thank you very much as you continue to see that crowd grow, you heard the estimates there, 700 people, certainly very many there, obviously, a lot of crowd and see you're seeing that in washington, in chicago, in new york. i want to go to dana bash there, coanchor of the state of the union, along with former democratic member of the carolina house of representatives and stewart, republican strategist. thank you all, dana, some democrats wanted to pass a law protecting right to abortion, other calling for the court to be expanded. none of that will happen the way congress is now. other republicans wanted to enact law to ban abortions across the whole country after 15 weeks. any of this have a chance of happening? >> likely not. that's the short answer. but it doesn't mean that the democrats who are in charge of the house are not going to try, i mean, nancy pelosi, house speaker said so specifically
when she spoke to reporters today. what they're going to do is legislation that codifies roe v wade, but like so many pieces of legislation, does not have the votes, the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster in the senate. again, it doesn't mean that they're not going to discuss it. it doesn't mean that there won't be an attempt to bring it on the floor. the democrats do have control over the schedule in the senate. so if nothing else, there will be a vote to show where people stand. a lot of talk, probably, about this, but it's very hard to see in talking to my at this point. >> leslie there, attorney general of arkansas, she and
others in the pro-life community and social conservatives have been working and fighting for this day for year and see the pro-life community has been facing the battle to overturn roe v wade since it began, 50 years ago. and look, this is an important decision because what this does is take the important policy and decision of abortion out of the hands of elected -- that impact us are made closer to the people. and this is an important step for the pro-life community and they have been out there at the supreme court. they have been out there across the country, marching, praying, holding rallies to make sure this decision has been impacted. and this is a critically important because no one is speaking up for the life of the unborn. no one is out there to maker
sure their lives are being protected. and one thing that is important to note is the pro-life community is there not just to protect the sanktity of life but also the mothers, they have programs in place to help them with the important decision of either choosing to keep that child or putting it up for adoption and many programs are ready and in place to help the mothers just as much as the unborn children. >> so obviously, allice making pro-life argument there but also making an argument that this is more democratic, that it's taking it away from undemocratically elected justices and putting it to democratically legislatures, what would you say to that? >> i would say alice is pretty correct in the transparency of republicans in the last five decad decades. i would push back on the language they use, many republicans particularly in southern legislatures are not
pro-life, i mean they're pro fetus, what happens when the child gets here, banning medicaid, universal healthcare, et cetera. so you can't just adorn yourself with language that doesn't fit the policies you make, but this is not about states rights. in fact, that's a slippery slope. it's extremely dacngerous. we fought a war over that, we understand what that means for many people your last segment discussed that. but this is a slippery slope because we know what's next. this is about the right to privacy. this is about the right to contraception. this is about the right to have consensual sex with who you choose. this is about the right for gay marriage, this is about loving, this is about brown versus board of education, all of those things. so people who want to say maybe i'm losing my mind, we thought that when we didn't believe they would overturn roe v wade so i won't call her colleagues pro-life but the pro fetus movement won today and democrats have to get organized. >> alice, give you chance to respond to that, because
clarence thomas did say all those rights were on the table, specifically the right to contraception, to gay marriage, that that specifically should all be on the table today. >> he did say that, but we have to look at what justice aleto said who wrote this opinion today. he said specifically, that roe v wade was egregiously wrong from the start and specifically addressing roe v wade and the issue of boabortion not being i the constitution, said this does not apply to other privacy rights guaranteed in the constitution, specifically stated this only deals with abortion because that has the impact of an unborn human life. he specifically stated that. so i know democrats are going to use this as a rallying cry to threaten democratic voters. this roe v wade being overturned is going to impact other issues. that's not the case, and aleto made that very clear in the ruling he issued today. >> that's not true. i mean the fact that gay
marriage is not noenumerated in the constitution, brown v board, but erin, take this one step further when you talk about states rights and leaving it up to the states, there are certain states now where if you were raped, and this is something, respectfully, that i don't really have to go out and be in fear of, but women around the country are. if you carry that baby full term, you are at risk in certain states of having a harsher sentence and penalty for aborting your rapist's baby than the rapist. this is what we're talking about when we talk about the inequity, about state's rights, the absurdity and lack of autonomy women are going to have with their body. i don't understand it. >> so dana, how we kgot here is crucial, i understand the focus on where we go but how we got here is important. it's like, do you listen to what people say? clarence thomas saying the other
rights on the table, aleto who wrote the majority opinion isn't but yet we're here because people believed what the justices would do and did something different. neil gorsich and kavanaugh, both she voted to confirm, misled her pie by this vote to overturn roe, she says inconsistent with the meetings with her. you spoke with her in 2018, i want to play for everyone that exchange. >> are you 100% certain, without a doubt, that bret kavanaugh will not overturn roe v wade. >> i do not believe that bret kavanaugh will -- >> precedents are overturned all the time. >> they aren't overturned all the time -- >> and she was wrong there, dana. >> she was wrong, and she said, as you mention, in her statement, she felt misled by not just justice kavanaugh but also justice gorsich.
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protests across the nation mounting tonight after supreme court overturned roe v wade, we're showing you chicago and st. lewis, of course also in many cities across the country, washington dc among them, show you the scene outside the supreme court right now. the crowd there has been growing throughout the day. the impact of today's 5-4 ruling already being felt across the nation as providers in a number of states literally just immediately stopped providing the service. so we're going to continue to watch these protests here as the moments click by on this friday evening. in other news tonight, as we
watch those multiple criminal investigations into team trump's efforts to overturn the election intensifying tonight. we can tell you about georgia in the news today, georgia learning the full district attorney scrutinizing the meeting with giuliani's attorneys there, with fraud in arizona, husband both subpoenaed part of the probe into fake slates of electors in seven swing states that trump lost. and in washington dc, alley alexander, leader of the stop the steal group testified before a grand jury. evan perez is "outfront," i want to start with alexander, obviously a visible figure before january 6th. how important is he in the d.o.j. case and what do you know about his testimony today? >> well, he is the highest profile person in this circle of, you know, associated with the trump rallies who has appeared before this grand jury,
erin, so the fact that he came in today, our cameras caught him going into the courthouse today and he spent about four hours testifying to the grand jury that is investigating the capitol riot, it tells us that, you know, they are moving ahead, trying to get to the bottom of whether there was any crime committed in the financing of these rallies and whether there is any connection with what happened on january 6th. as you pointed out. alexander is a big deal for the trump, in the trump, in the effort to bring attention to what trump said was fraud after the elections and so he has already turned over thousands of documents to the house select committee that is doing its separate investigation and he has ties to all kinds of people, including people inside the campaign, people who were inside the white house, the president's family, so he's a very important witness for this investigation. >> important, as you say, you
got the four hours of testimony today and thousands of documents handed over to the committee on pretty much all avenues here. he's now playing a crucial role. all right, thanks very much to evan perez, providing those details, now to deputy assistant attorney general, to put evan's reporting in context, ali alexander, the first known high-profile witness to testify as part of the doj criminal probe, okay, and evans reporting, spent four whos behind closed doors testifying. that's not a quick in and out. okay. so what does that say to you about, you know, what they got, how much was shared, how significant this could be for trump? >> you know, it's significant, erin, in that if there's anything we learned over the last several weeks of watching hearings, it didn't start that morning and there was a sustained effort, starting
months before to plan those events. a ali alexander can help fill in the gaps in coordination between different groups planning these rallies and perhaps, maybe, coordination with people in the former president's orbit. if you look at the kinds of charges that are coming out of this hearing, it's not just breaking the walls of the capitol building it's, you know, seditious conspiracy so these are long-running crimes he can help fill in. >> so look, there's a lot of subpoenas dropping. there was the monumental, you know, wave of the department of justice employee jeffrey clark that trump wanted to take over as acting attorney general, doing his bidding and i just mentioned a moment ago, kelly ward, arizona chair and her husband just issued subpoenas we know now into the fake leelecto push coming out of trump's inner circle. so when you see more subpoenas coming out about that, how do
you think the fake elector scheme is, to the criminal investigation at the doj now? >> tie to ging to the point i m earlier, the fake elector scheme is at the center of that, you don't have the violence at january 6th without the fake electors and that scheme to send fake electors to washington so that is very significant. also, as evidence, this fake elector thing is valuable because it involves peoples' signatures and names on them, so there's plenty more to come on the fake elector scheme. >> thank you very much for your context. next, congress passing the first bipartisan gun safety legislation in decades. what the bill actually does. plus, if you want to live, leave. that is the dire warning tonight from the mayor of a city in southern utah.
president biden expected to sign an historic gun bill into law as soon as it reaches his desk. after nearly 30 years of inaction, congress is doing something about gun violence. 14 republicans joining democrats to pass the legislation. in the house, 15 republicans joined democrats in the senate to pass it. jeremy diamond is out front. >> on this vote, the yeas are 234. the na ympbls are 193. the motion is documented -- >> reporter: after decades of inaction, it was the deadly school shooting in uvalde,
texas, that finally broke the congressional log jam. >> in your answer is as the slaughter increases, our kids run for their lives, we do nothing. what are we doing in why are you here? >> reporter: exactly one month after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at robb elementary school, tonight congress sending the first gun safety legislation in nearly 30 years to the president's desk. 15 republicans in the senate and 14 in the house voting yes, alongside all democrats. >> no apparently should ever fear for the safety of their child at school. and no child should be afraid to go to school in fear of their safety. and this legislation responds to that. >> this bill is a compromise. it doesn't do everything i want. but what we are doing will save
thousands of lives without violating anyone's second amendment rights. >> the bill expands background checks for 18 to 21-year-olds. closes the boyfriend loophole by borrowing those convicted of domestic violence against a nonspouse from owning a gun and authorizes $750 million to incentivize state red flag laws which allow police to temporarily confiscate guns from those found to be at risk to themselves or others. the bill includes billions in funding for school safety and mental health programs. and cracks down oun registered firearms dealers and so-called straw purchasers who buy guns for others. president biden praised lawmakers for addressing the scourge of gun violence and said kids in schools and communities will be safer because of it. >> we ned to ban assault weapons. >> reporter: the bill falls well short of biden's call to action early this month. >> if we can't ban assault weapons, we should raise the age
to purchase them from 18 to 21. >> reporter: that proposal and others including background checks and liability protections for gun manufacturers, a bridge too far for republicans. with six of the nine deadliest mass shootings since 2019 of those 21 and younger, lawmakers greed expand background checks form age group, giving authorities up to ten days on review juvenile and mental health records. >> so jeremy, the bill passed despite president biden having, well, he appeared to say on the sidelines there was that a lot of reporting about it. it certainly wasn't public. >> it was largely by design. we saw president biden give his prime time address using his bully pulpit to stress the urgency of action. did he largely stay on the sidelinesful one. lead democratic negotiators, he said he did regularly stay in
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called puppy therapy. those desperately needed moments for the soldiers in ukraine who are fighting for their country and its liberty tonight. thanks. so for joining us. don't forget, you can watch "outfront" any time on cnn go. ac "360" begins right now. good evening. in cities across the country, there are people in the streets including as you can see the supreme court at the nation's capitol. the court did what the leaked draft suggested it would do. it overturned roe v. wade taking away the national right to abortion after almost five decades. the historic name of today's 5-4 decision by the courts, conservatives can be be emphasized enough. in part because you do not see the court overturn precedents of this matter. this is a day that many americans no matter their political leengs will like living remember decades from now about where they were and what they were feeling when they heard the decision announced. the headlines that many americans will rea