Senators reveal compromised gun safety bill in wake of recent mass shootings

Senators on Tuesday revealed a compromise gun bill aimed at reducing violence across the country and keeping schools safe after recent mass shootings, including one in Uvalde that killed 19 children and two teachers, according to the offices of the negotiating legislators.

Under the proposed legislation, states will be able to tap grants for crisis intervention programs, Bloomberg reported. In addition, the law would improve a national background check system and billions of dollars would be included for funding to help keep schools safe and improve mental health resources, according to the report.

Four senators, including John Cornyn of Texas, released a statement Tuesday evening announcing that they had finalized what they called “bipartisan, common-sense legislation to protect America’s children, keep our schools safe, and reduce the threat of violence in our country”.

“Our legislation will save lives and will not infringe on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans,” said Cornyn and the other senators – Republican Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Democrats Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Kyrsten Sinema. of Arizona – in the press release. “We look forward to winning broad bipartisan support and getting our common sense legislation into law.”

The National Rifle Association, which donates to many Republican lawmakers, announced its opposition to the measure.

“The NRA will support legislation that improves school safety, promotes mental health services and helps reduce violent crime,” the group said in a statement. statement Tuesday. “However, we will oppose this gun control legislation because it is insufficient at all levels. It doesn’t do much to really tackle violent crime.

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