- Murphy said current gun reform talks do not include a ban on assault weapons or extensive background checks.
- The talks came as the country continues to deal with the aftermath of mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde.
- “We’re not going to do whatever I want,” the Connecticut lawmaker said of a possible Senate bill.
Senator Chris Murphy – who is playing a major role in crafting a bipartisan gun reform bill following deadly mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas – said the potential legislation resulting from the ongoing talks would not include an assault weapons ban or a “full” context. checks.
Murphy, during a CNN “State of the Union” interview, told host Jake Tapper that a bipartisan contingent of senators met on Saturday, with the group considering increased funding for the mental health, extra safety measures for schools and “modest” gun control regulations. as part of a package that could pass the upper house.
“We’re not going to do whatever I want,” the Connecticut Democrat said of a possible Senate bill.
He added: “We’re not going to put a bill on the table that’s going to ban assault weapons, or we’re not going to pass full background checks. But right now the people of this country want us to make progress. They just don’t want the status quo to continue for another 30 years.”
In its current state, bipartisan reform may include tighter background checks — a provision that doesn’t go as far as many gun control supporters would prefer — but would be the kind of compromise that could help a reform bill. potential law to overcome a legislative filibuster.
Murphy called some of the most fruitful talks he has attended since joining the Senate in 2013.
“I have never been involved in negotiations as serious as these,” he said. “There are more Republicans around the table talking about changing our gun laws and investing in mental health than at any time since Sandy Hook.”
However, understanding the political reality of an evenly divided Senate, Murphy said the talks could potentially fall apart.
“I’ve also been in a lot of unsuccessful negotiations in the past, so I’m sober about our chances,” he said. “I’m more confident than ever that we’ll get there, but I’m also more anxious about failing this time around.”
The senator, who as a House member in 2012 represented Newtown — the site of the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School where 20 children and six adults were killed by a 20-year-old gunman — became one of the most prominent. gun control advocates in the Senate.
Last year, after a mass shooting at Oxford High School in suburban Detroit, Murphy advocated for some kind of gun reform, even saying he would “settle” for legislation whose scope was much narrower than he wanted.
Immediately after the Uvalde shooting last month, Murphy again pleaded with his colleagues to work with him on gun reform measures and lamented past legislative inaction.
“What do we do? What do we do? Just days after a gunman entered a grocery store to gun down African American customers, we have another Sandy Hook on our hands,” he said during a speech in the Senate.