Senators likely to announce agreement on gun reforms Sunday

Washington – A bipartisan group of senators will likely announce a deal on reforms to the country’s gun laws later this afternoon, several sources familiar with the talks confirmed to CBS News, a deal that is the culmination of weeks of negotiations sparked by the mass shootings. inside Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas.

A person familiar with the negotiations told CBS News that a “structure of principles and programs” is expected to be unveiled later on Sunday. The agreement, this person said, includes providing federal incentives for states to pass “red flag” laws; improve the background check system; more funding for mental health programs; increased funding for school safety programs; and plans to address arms trafficking and the purchase of straw.

“Looks like we’re on the cusp of something a little later. We just need a few more signatures, but we’re close,” the source said. CNN was the first to report the expected announcement.

Now that a general framework is in place, lawmakers “have to put it into language,” which “shouldn’t take long,” the person said.

A bipartisan group of senators began work last month to find consensus on gun law reforms in response to massacres at a Tops grocery store in Buffalo and an elementary school in Uvalde, which together left 31 people, including 19 children, dead. .

While previous attempts to pass gun control legislation have failed, senators involved in the latest round of negotiations were optimistic they would agree on a plan that would win the support of at least 10 Republicans, whose support is needed for legislation moves through the Senate 50-50.

President Biden said he supports the efforts in the Senate, but continued to pressure Congress take legislative action to tighten gun laws. While the president has urged lawmakers to reinstate the federal ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, or raise the minimum age to purchase such weapons from 18 to 21 and strengthen background checks, among other measures, the Senate has worked towards a narrower proposal that would have the support of the GOP.

Separately, the Chamber last week passed a bundle of accounts that increases the age to buy a semiautomatic weapon from 18 to 21 years; prohibits large-capacity magazines; encourages the safe storage of firearms and establishes requirements that regulate the storage of firearms in residential facilities and builds on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms’ regulatory ban on bump stocks, which allows semi-automatic rifles to fire faster.

Legislation passed by the House, however, is not expected to pass the Senate.

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