Ten Republicans led by Senator. John Cornyn (Texas) and Tom Telles (North Carolina) sign the framework released Sunday — giving the interim deal the minimum GOP support needed to cross the 60-vote threshold, assuming all 50 members of the Democratic caucus end up supporting . legislation. McConnell’s (Kentucky) support suggests that a larger group of dozens of Republicans may play a role in the legislation, which would represent the most significant new federal gun restrictions since the mid-1990s.
“I am comfortable with the framework, and if the legislation ends up being the opposite of what the framework indicates, I will be supportive,” McConnell told reporters Thursday.
It also indicates temporary support on Tuesday was Monday. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), a moderate who often supports bipartisan deals but is also seeking re-election this year in a historically pro-gun rights state. Murkowski called the framework “fairly reasonable” and said she was “encouraged” by Tuesday’s progress. But she, like other Republicans, said she would review the text of the bill before making a final decision.
It remained unclear on Tuesday when that text would be finalized, though key players in the Senate expressed optimism that it could be done by the end of the week — a vote on the Senate floor next week, before lawmakers leave Washington in July. 4 holiday vacation. The legislation will then move to the House of Representatives, where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has indicated that it will pass.
“We want to get it through before the holiday, and we’re going to do everything we can,” said Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (DNY).
Senator. Chris Murphy (Connecticut), who led the negotiations for the Democrats on the senator’s side. Although the drafting process was not complete, Kirsten Sinema (Arizona) said, “the heavy work was done” and that the framework agreement was not in danger of collapsing. “I am sure we can get there soon,” he said.
But there were signs on Capitol Hill on Tuesday that supporters of the deal were keen to make sure there was no backlash. Cornyn went to the Senate floor before a party lunch to outline one provision of the framework agreement that has raised alarm among loyal conservatives — a new federal program that would introduce grants to allow states to implement “red flag laws,” which allow authorities to confiscate weapons from people intent on They represent a potentially violent threat.
Cornyn said the grant program would not seek to coerce or even incentivize states that do not currently have warning laws to adopt them. In fact, he said, the money could be used for other programs related to mental health crisis interventions that had no firearms component at all, while states that used the money to create warning laws would be subject to “the full range of rights protection process and law.”
“I don’t support any directive mandates or national mandates whatsoever,” Cornyn said.
At lunch, Cornyn presented probing data from a survey of gun owners that showed broad support for the terms of the deal, including helping states implement red flag laws, making a larger group of domestic violence perpetrators ineligible to buy guns, including juvenile justice and health records. Mental background checks for first-time gun buyers.
The deal released Sunday pairs those gun restrictions with mental health and school security funding that could total $10 billion or more.
Cornyn also stressed gun restrictions that were not included in the deal — such as raising the minimum age for buying guns, banning high-capacity ammunition, and implementing safe storage requirements for gun owners — according to a transcript of the presentation reviewed by The Washington Post.
The en-en debate focused heavily on red-flag laws, Lanchoseau said, and many Republicans exited the room visibly reticent to embrace the deal—particularly in an election year when GOP support for gun restrictions could lower turnout by conservative voters.
“I think we are more interested in the red wave than we are in the red flags, quite frankly, as Republicans,” Kevin Kramer (RN.D.) said as he left lunch.
However, moments later, McConnell gave the bipartisan framework an unmistakable boost, calling it a “step forward” that would “prove to the American people that we can meet, which we have done from time to time on things like infrastructure and postal reform, to make progress for the country.”