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Support for states to enforce crisis intervention orders, an improved review process for gun buyers under 21, and funding for school safety measures are just a few. provisions included in a compromise on gun control measures reached between Democratic and Republican senators.
The proposals were ironed out in negotiations involving Senator Martin Heinrich, D.N.M.
“The hardest part of every negotiation is dropping the perfect for the possible,” Heinrich said Monday during a virtual news conference with New Mexico media. “My focus throughout this process has been to save lives.”
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., outlined the proposals in a press release. Negotiated reforms, which were not introduced into a bill, include providing resources to state and tribal governments to enforce laws aimed at prohibiting certain people from owning firearms if a court determines that the person is a danger to themselves or to others. The negotiations were initiated in response to several recent gruesome mass shootings, including in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas.
Measures in the negotiated framework include investing in mental health services for children and families and reviewing more cases of domestic violence or people with restraining orders. removal for domestic violence during background check. The measures also include reviewing juvenile and mental health records before someone under the age of 21 can purchase certain types of firearms.
Other provisions include expanding mental health services in schools and increasing safety in elementary and secondary schools, according to Murphy’s website.
There were 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans involved in the negotiations.
“Our plan saves lives while protecting the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans,” Murphy said. “We look forward to winning broad bipartisan support and getting our common sense proposal into law.”
Heinrich, a longtime gun owner who hunts, said he hopes the reforms will help end future mass shootings and address other types of gun violence, such as suicides.
“The level of gun violence in our country is appalling and unacceptable,” he said.