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Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) speaks with reporters following a news conference after a policy luncheon with Senate Democrats in the U.S. Capitol Building on June 14 in Washington, D.C. Bipartisan negotiations on gun reform have yielded an agreement. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images/TNS

WASHINGTON — Bipartisan negotiators in the Senate have reached an agreement on gun-regulation legislation forged after mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, N.Y.

Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, who was the lead negotiator with Democratic Sen. Christopher Murphy of Connecticut, said, “Very soon we will see the text of bipartisan legislation that will help keep our children and our communities safer.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has said he’d move the legislation to the floor for debate as soon as possible.

Details of the legislation were hashed out by four Senate negotiators: Republicans Cornyn and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, and Democrats Murphy and Krysten Sinema of Arizona.

Under the pact, Cornyn said on the Senate floor, every state will have the opportunity for grants to help pay for crisis intervention programs, regardless of whether they set up “red flag” laws that allow judges to remove guns from potentially dangerous owners.

He also said there would be improvements to the national background check system, including giving states incentives to upload juvenile records to allow better reviews of gun purchasers ages 18 to 21.

The bill also will include billions of dollars in funding to help better secure schools and bolster mental health resources.

The “boyfriend loophole,” aimed at barring abusive dating partners from having guns, also would be closed, Cornyn and Murphy said. But in a compromise, a person convicted of a misdemeanor for attacking a dating partner could be allowed to buy a gun again after five years. The provision is modeled after current law that allows domestic abusers to be restricted if they are married to, have lived with or have a child with the victim.

Ten Republicans earlier signed on to a framework for the legislation, the number that would be needed to push legislation past an expected filibuster in the Senate. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also has signaled he could support the package.

Senators, who have long struggled to find common ground on gun safety, restarted stalled negotiations last month following the massacres at the elementary school in Uvalde and a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, that killed a total of 31 people. ——— (C)2022 Bloomberg L.P. Visit bloomberg.com. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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