WASHINGTON -- Senator Chris Murphy, who is leading Senate talks on gun control said that while they don't intend to bring to the floor any bill that would ban assault weapons and include comprehensive background checks but that lawmakers are actively working to create legislation that would include other measures.
Murphy, D-Conn said Sunday that "We're going not to put a piece of legislative legislation on the table which's going to ban assault weapons or we're going to pass thorough background checks." But right now, the people of this country want us make progress. They don't want to see the status quo continue for another 30+ years."
Murphy said that there are currently several items on the table, including investments in mental healthcare, school safety money and red flag laws, as well as changes to strengthen the background check system.
Murphy expressed optimism that both parties will reach a compromise. Lawmakers met regularly to discuss the possibility of reaching a settlement.
Murphy stated, "I've never been involved in negotiations as serious as this." "There are more Republicans than ever at the table discussing changing our gun laws, and investing in mental healthcare.
Democrats including President Joe Biden have been advocating for an assault weapon ban and universal background checks to cover online purchases.
These measures do not have the support of Republicans, but Murphy stated that there are other areas which could be supported by enough bipartisan support.
Senator Pat Toomey (Republican from Pennsylvania), was one of nine negotiators who worked on the proposal. He said that he was optimistic Democrats and Republicans would come together to create measures to curb gun violence. These could include increased background checks and red flag laws for school safety and mental-health provisions.
He stated that half of the Senate Republicans could be on board with the final bill.