Uvalde School Shooting

Senators Release Text of Bipartisan Gun Bill, Seek Final Passage This Week

The bipartisan group of negotiators struck a deal on a framework for the legislation last week

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who has led the Democrats in bipartisan Senate talks to rein in gun violence, is introduced by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., left, to speak to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 14, 2022.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

A bipartisan group of senators overcame some last-minute hurdles and released legislative text Tuesday on a narrow set of provisions to combat gun violence, including state funding to implement “red flag” laws and enhanced background checks.

“Today, we finalized bipartisan, commonsense legislation to protect America’s children, keep our schools safe, and reduce the threat of violence across our country," Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said in a joint statement along with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C.

Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, discussed comprise as Congress tries to find a way to better protect the country’s schools.

Shortly after the text was released, the Senate voted 64-34 to formally begin debate, with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., saying he hopes to pass the bill this week before the chamber is scheduled to break for a two-week July 4 recess. The legislation is still subject to a threshold of 60 votes to end debate before passage.

For more on this story, go to NBC News.

Contact Us