Bipartisan Group of Senators Hold Talks on Gun Safety

Headline Roundup May 27th, 2022

A bipartisan group of senators has begun meeting to find common ground on gun safety legislation.

Democratic Sens. Chris Murphy, Joe Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema, Martin Heinrich and Richard Blumenthal reportedly met over lunch with Republican Sens. Susan Collins, Pat Toomey, Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy on Thursday, two days after a gunman shot and killed 21 people at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Some, including Manchin, Graham, Blumenthal, Toomey and Murphy, have spearheaded similarly bipartisan efforts in the past. Reports across the political spectrum suggest that the group may be approaching a consensus on some safety measures, such as improved school security systems.

Another potential area of common ground is on red-flag and yellow-flag laws and a federal grant program to encourage states to adopt those laws, though some Republicans remain skeptical. Red-flag laws have been implemented in 19 states, and allow courts to temporarily confiscate firearms belonging to people deemed to be a risk to others or themselves. Petitioners, such as family members or law enforcement, must present evidence on why individuals pose a threat. Yellow-flag laws allow only law enforcement to petition the courts to temporarily confiscate guns from those people.

News sources across the spectrum highlighted the group's bipartisan nature and their potential to agree on issues such as red-flag laws, while many sources also framed total Republican approval of the laws as unlikely.

From the Left
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A bipartisan group of senators met during lunch Thursday to talk about a path forward on gun safety legislation, according to two sources, two days after a gunman shot and killed 21 people in Uvalde, Texas, Tuesday.

Democratic Sens. Chris Murphy, Joe Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema, Martin Heinrich and Richard Blumenthal attended the lunch with Republican Sens. Susan Collins, Pat Toomey, Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, who joined by phone.

This was their second gathering, one of the sources said, and while it's still very early in their discussions, a few of...

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From the Center
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A bipartisan group of senators trying to find 60 votes for a legislative response to recent mass shootings is honing in on a proposal to provide grants for states to implement so-called red flag laws that would allow courts to order the temporary seizure of firearms from individuals deemed a threat to themselves or others. 

Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., have teamed up on red flag law legislation in recent years but have never found enough Republican support to get the votes needed to overcome a filibuster in the...

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From the Right
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A bipartisan group of ten senators has agreed to come to the negotiating table to attempt to pass legislation aimed at curbing gun violence in the United States after a series of recent mass shootings shocked the nation.

On Tuesday, an 18-year-old gunman entered an elementary school fourth-grade classroom in Uvalde, Texas and opened fire with a legally purchased AR-15, killing 19 children and 2 teachers. The shooter was later killed in an exchange of gunfire with law enforcement. A little over a week prior, a gunman stormed a supermarket in a black neighborhood in Buffalo,...

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