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Senate negotiators released the legislative text of a gun reform package yesterday, the output from a deal struck in the wake of high-profile mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas.
The bipartisan group resolved a number of outstanding issues in recent days, including disagreement over the “boyfriend loophole.” Under the updated law, those convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence against an intimate partner would be prevented from purchasing firearms for at least five years. The reforms also increase resources for mental health, incentivize red flag laws, and more.
Initial negotiations included 20 senators, 10 from each side—a sign that sufficient bipartisan support exists to overcome the 60-vote filibuster threshold in the evenly divided Senate. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has voiced support for the current agreement.
A Senate vote appears likely by the end of the week, ahead of the July 4 recess, sending the bill to the House.