Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell supports the passage of a bill to reform gun laws, if it matches the framework that was presented earlier in the week.
McConnell said Tuesday that he was comfortable with the framework. McConnell also stated to reporters that if legislation does reflect what the framework suggests, he would be supportive.
Over the weekend, a bipartisan group of senators headed by Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) presented their proposal, which included incentives for states to adopt red-flag legislation, funding for school safety, mental health resources and school safety, as well as expanded background checks.
The measure could win the support of 10 Republicans and get the 60 votes necessary to avoid a filibuster.
The framework needs to be drafted into a bill. This could slow down the process or even stop the effort. Schumer stated to reporters that the goal is to pass the bill by the end of the June recess. On Sunday, a draft of the text will be made public.
McConnell stated that if the framework is made into legislation, it will be a significant step forward. It also shows the American people that the United States can work together as we have done in the past on issues like infrastructure and postal reform to make progress for the country.
Despite long-standing ideologic divides on gun laws, recent mass shootings in Buffalo, N.Y. and Uvalde (Texas) have created an urgency for both sides to come up with a compromise.