A bi-partisan group of US senators announced that they have agreed a framework for potential legislation on gun limited control measures.
If passed, the proposed legislation includes enhanced red flag provisions, with the government providing “resources to states and tribes to create and administer laws that help ensure deadly weapons are kept out of the hands of individuals whom a court has determined to be a significant danger to themselves or others,” according to the statement.
The approved measures include support for tightened background checks for gun buyers who are under the age of 21, and additional law enforcement action of illegal gun purchases.
The senators have also called for increased investment in mental health services and school safety resources, as well as including domestic violence convictions and restraining orders in the national background check database for people buying firearms.
Notably, the proposal is supported by 10 Republicans, meaning that the Senate has the minimum support to be voted into law.
The announcement comes just a day after tens of thousands of demonstrators held rallies in cities across the US calling for stricter gun laws in the wake of a wave of mass shootings.
“Today, we are announcing a common sense, bipartisan proposal to protect America’s children, keep our schools safe, and reduce the threat of violence across our country,” the Senate group released in a statement.
“Families are scared, and it is our duty to come together and get something done that will help restore their sense of safety and security in their communities.” the statement added.
President Biden commented that the proposal measures were “steps in the right direction” but he added that the proposal “does not do everything that I think is needed, but it reflects important steps in the right direction.”
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