After prolonged talks on the weekend, an agreement on principle for gun safety legislation was reached Sunday by American lawmakers. The announcement includes the support of 10 Republican senators, which would give the proposal enough support to overcome the Senate filibuster. The proposal includes “needed mental health resources, improves school safety and support for students, and helps ensure dangerous criminals and those who are adjudicated as mentally ill can’t purchase weapons,” was said in a statement. It also will permit support for state crisis intervention orders, funding for school safety resources, an enhanced review process for buyers under the age of 21 and penalties for straw purchasing.
The legislation to be prepared will include “major investments to increase access to mental health and suicide prevention programs and other support services available in the community, including crisis and trauma intervention and recovery.” President Biden appreciated this „reflects important steps in the right direction.” He also expressed hope that this would mark “the most significant gun safety legislation to pass Congress in decades.” Gun control activists responded mostly positively to the agreement.