WP - Senators strike bipartisan gun deal, heralding potential breakthrough

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"A bipartisan group of Senate negotiators is set to announce Sunday that it reached a tentative agreement on legislation that would pair modest new gun restrictions with significant new mental health and school security investments — a deal that could put Congress on a path to enacting the most significant national response in decades to acts of mass gun violence.

The framework deal was confirmed Sunday by three people involved in the negotiations who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss their status ahead of a formal announcement, which is expected midday.

While substantially weaker than the assault weapons ban, high-capacity ammunition magazine restrictions and broad background check expansions that most Democrats support, the gun provisions set out in the framework could, if enacted, represent the most significant new federal firearms restrictions enacted since the mid-1990s.

Under the tentative deal, a federal grant program would encourage states to establish “red flag” laws that allow authorities to keep guns away from people found by a judge to represent a potential threat to themselves or others, while federal criminal background checks for gun buyers under 21 would include a mandatory search of juvenile justice records for the first time.

It does not include a provision supported by President Biden, congressional Democrats and a handful of Republicans that would raise the minimum age for the purchase of at least some rifles from 18 to 21. Handguns are already subject to a federal 21-and-over age limit.

Other provisions could funnel billions of new federal dollars into mental health care and school security programs, funding new campus infrastructure and armed officers. Several senators last week said they expected one cornerstone of the deal would be legislation sponsored by Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) to establish a nationwide network of “community behavioral health clinics.”"

 

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Mental health? The 18 year old in UValde had a plan. Wrote he was going to the school. That is premeditated. No mental health excuse. If a murderer is racially motivated or a political extremist, no freaking mental health bullshit. Searching for an excuse for a person to use a gun to kill is sick.
 
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Chuck & Joanie stated today they are noncommittal on their vote waiting first to see the exact language of the bill. Translation: they first have to get an "okay" from the NRA!
 

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Mental health? The 18 year old in UValde had a plan. Wrote he was going to the school. That is premeditated. No mental health excuse. If a murderer is racially motivated or a political extremist, no freaking mental health bullshit. Searching for an excuse for a person to use a gun to kill is sick.
Yes he should have never gotten out of the institution thus never been able to kill.
 

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