Thursday was a big day for gun control and safety laws in New York and the United States. Early Thursday, the Supreme Court busted a NY law regulating which persons can carry a concealed weapon in public, per NBC New York. The allowance is the court’s first significant gun control decision in a long time. Experts expect this ruling to set precedence for other cities like Boston and Los Angeles. Hours later, the Senate also made a historic decision involving nationwide gun safety by passing a bipartisan bill.
Senate Passes Gun Safety Legislation With 65-33 Vote
Fifteen Republicans joined Democrats to bring the final vote to 65-33 on Thursday night. The next step is a sign-off from the House, then a signature from President Joe Biden would seal the deal. The bill addresses some critical areas, including funding for “mental health, school safety, and crisis intervention programs,” per CNN. Additionally, the measure seeks to include juvenile records in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System by offering incentives to states.
A notable victory for Democrats came with the bill’s regulatory measures for gun purchases by adults 18 to 21. Previously, the law banned a person from purchasing weapons if the court convicted them of domestic violence under certain circumstances. The circumstances included someone co-living with a partner (with or without children) or married. Now, with Senate’s approval, this bipartisan bill will expand the cases to include convicted abusers who were in “a continuing serious relationship.” Until tonight, abusers who didn’t fall under the co-living or married category were still allowed to buy guns, but that no longer applies.
Victory Doesn’t Address Rising Issue Of Attacks Using Assault Weapons
Though the bill is a victory, it does not address the rising use of semi-automatic weapons in public spaces. Texas is still mourning the loss of 19 children and two teachers at the gun barrel of 18-year-old Salvador Ramos in May. This week Uvalde’s Mayor Don McLaughlin announced the city plans to demolish Robb Elementary School.
“My understanding–I had a discussion with the superintendent—that school will be demolished,” the mayor said. You can never ask a child to go back or a teacher to go back into that school ever.”
Not long before, Uvalde, an 18-year-old white man, intentionally planned an attack on a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York. While live-streaming on Twitch, Payton Gendron walked into a Tops grocery store on a Sunday and shot 13 people, killing 10. Eleven of the people Payton shot were Black.
Now that the Senate has taken this step forward, the House will get its turn on Friday.
This story is developing.
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Maya Vander Confirms She’s Exiting “Selling Sunset” After Five Seasons
One of the Oppenheim Group’s original realtors is exiting “Selling Sunset” ahead of season six. In a new interview with Page Six, Maya Vander confirmed that season five of the Netflix reality show was her last — at least for now. “I decided to not execute my contract,” she said. “I love the show, and it was great, but I’m excited to focus on the Miami real-estate market.”
At the end of season five of “Selling Sunset,” the Oppenheim Group staff threw a party for Vander, who was planning to more permanently relocate from Los Angeles to Miami. The wife and mother had been bicoastal for a few years, but with the birth of her third child on the horizon, she decided it would be best to settle in Miami with her family. However, in December 2021, Vander revealed on Instagram that the baby was stillborn at 38 weeks. Six months later, she shared with fans via her Instagram Story that she had subsequently had a miscarriage. “I had a very crazy week,” she wrote on her IG Story on June 21, per Page Six. “Miscarriage after 10 weeks…following my stillbirth…but my kids and my husband are absolutely my blessing and I am so lucky to be their mother!”
Vander had been with the O Group for years and was one of Jason and Brett Oppenheim’s most reliable realtors (she even closed on a $12-million-plus house at the end of season five). She moved to LA in the early 2000s from Israel to start a new life for herself, but her relationship with her husband eventually took her to Miami. By that time, however, Vander had built up her career and seemingly didn’t want to leave it behind. When Netflix started filming “Selling Sunset,” she and her husband had just relocated to Miami, she told the New York Post in January. Vander ended up flying back and forth from LA to Miami to film and keep up her business in California.
Now that she’s in Miami more permanently, she set up her own luxury real -state business, the Maya Vander Group. “My business in Miami is really doing well. I started my own team here. I have a few girls that work with me. And the market in Miami is great,” Vander told the Post.
According to Us Weekly, Vander’s real-estate license has officially been transferred from the Oppenheim Group to Compass, which her company will be operating under. A source told the outlet that Vander’s decision to leave “Selling Sunset” wasn’t an easy one. Vander “loves the show, and it’s definitely hard to let go,” they said.
In addition to focusing on her business, Vander is also eager to spend more time with her children. “I want to focus on my family, and flying coast to coast is a lot,” she told Page Six. “The show is great, and I love everyone — but looking forward to growing my business in South Florida.”
— Additional reporting by Sabienna Bowman.
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