In response to the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, a small bipartisan group of nine Senators, led by Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) met on Thursday, May 26, to discuss reaching a deal on gun control reforms. Senator Murphy has been leading the call for gun reform for the Democratic Party.
Other senators that attended the meeting were Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Susan Collins (R-ME), Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), who called in by phone.
Senate Democrats have signaled that they’re willing to accept a modest proposal, eager to accomplish something in the wake of recent shootings. They say their top priorities are proposals to expand background checks and encourage states to set up red flag laws to prohibit people deemed dangerous to themselves or others from owning firearms. Proposals like raising the age to purchase firearms and an assault weapons ban are likely off the table, as any legislation will need 10 Republican votes to pass.
Read more in the Hill’s article here.