The Senate has been attempting to negotiate a bipartisan gun control bill, but the Democrat helping lead the charge has ruled out many of his party’s wish list items.
Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that legislators are actively working on a bill that would include a range of gun control measures, but ruled out some controversial items that many Democrats considered priority.
According to NBC News, Murphy said, “We’re not going to put a piece of legislation on the table that’s going to ban assault weapons, or we’re not going to pass comprehensive background checks.”
Reportedly still on the table are investments in mental health care and school security, changes to the background check system, and red flag laws.
Murphy expressed optimism toward the negotiations, saying, “I’ve never been part of negotiations as serious as these. There are more Republicans at the table talking about changing our gun laws and investing in mental health than at any time since Sandy Hook.”
But not every Republican is on board.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) told “Fox News Sunay” host John Roberts that red flag laws are “unconstitutional”.
“They literally come into your house and take away your gun without you even knowing that there was some kind of proceeding where somebody said, ‘Oh, I think that gun might be a threat,” he said.
Fellow Republican Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) was somewhat more optimistic, but derided Biden for “not being very helpful.”
He said on CBS’s “Face the Nation”, “I think the president might have been a president who would reach across the aisle try to bring people together.”
“But he’s chosen not to take that approach. Since day one, he has sided with the far left of his party and really not reached out to Republicans.”
He said his hope was to get half of the Republican conference on board any bill put forward.