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On Sunday, ​Sen. Chris Murphy said a bipartisan group of senators is “closer than ever before” to coming up with a gun-reform package, but acknowledged it will not include an assault weapons ban or comprehensive background checks.

Appearing on CNN on Sunday, the Connecticut Democrat said he hasn’t seen gun talks as “serious” as those underway now since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School 10 years ago. 

Source: NPR (John Locher/AP)

In the aftermath of the gory Uvalde school shooting, Democrats and Republicans have agreed to take some “commonsense steps” while still upholding Americans’ Second Amendment rights — but Murphy warned this may not include everything. “We’re not going to put a piece of legislation​ on​ the table that’s going to ban assault weapons, or we’re not going to pass comprehensive background checks​,” ​the senator said.

“​But, right now, people in this country want us to make progress. They just don’t want the status quo to continue for another 30 years​. But, right now, people in this country want us to make progress. They just don’t want the status quo to continue for another 30 years​.”

As it stands, the measures will likely include ​investments in mental health, funds to increase school security, and a change in red flag laws, but Murphy said the talks are continuing and the senators are “trying to figure out what can get 60 to 70 votes in the Senate.”​

Meanwhile in an address last week, President Biden had said, “We need to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. And if we can’t ban assault weapons then we should raise the age to purchase them from 18 to 21,” adding that he backs strengthening background checks and enacting red flag laws. 

 

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