WASHINGTON — Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said Sunday that talks with Republican senators on gun control legislation are still on track after several mass shootings, although it doesn’t look like the talks will result in widespread gun reform.
“We’re not going to do anything that compromises people’s Second Amendment rights,” Murphy said on Nation World News’s “State of the Union.” “We’re not going to do anything that compromises the ability of law-abiding Americans to be able to buy weapons. What we’re talking about is trying to make sure that there’s nothing dangerous or Potentially dangerous persons do not have their hands on weapons.”
Murphy listed popular gun control reforms such as the assault weapons ban and extensive background checks as measures that are not being considered. But the Connecticut senator, whose district includes Sandy Hook, suggested that moving forward on any kind of legislation is better than nothing and that “the people of this country want us to make progress.”
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Although Murphy acknowledged that it is possible that gun reform talks could fall through, he said members of the Republican Party are taking the talks seriously, calling for “meaningful change” on gun laws, mental health issues and school safety. are discussing.
“I’ve never been part of such a serious conversation,” Murphy said. “There are more Republicans talking about changing our gun laws and investing in mental health than at any time since Sandy Hook.”
Sen. Pat Tommy, R-Pa. told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that while discussions are ongoing, some sort of elaboration on background checks is on the table and could be part of talks on bipartisan legislation. Other topics the Pennsylvania lawmaker thinks could land in the deal are school safety provisions and mental health provisions — measures “constructive and in line with Republican values,” he said.
Toome said he expected to influence a large section of the Republican convention in support of the final package.
“My hope is that we get at least half of the Republican convention,” he said. “That should be the goal here. We have to be realistic about what he can do.”
Murphy said he was optimistic about the prospect of a bipartisan deal.
“We are closer than ever,” he said. “Let’s see if we land it.”