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Murphy calls Florida gun law ‘the right one’ as senators negotiate federal legislation

Florida’s law, known as the Red Flag law, raised the age to buy long guns, including AR-15s, from 18 to 21, added a three-year waiting period days, created a program allowing trained school staff to bear arms, and invested $400 million for mental health and school safety.

“The model for Florida is the right one. Which is to make significant investments in mental health, funds for school safety, and small but impactful changes to gun laws,” Murphy said. “That’s the kind of package we’re putting in place right now. This is the kind of package that I think can be passed by the Senate.

As for raising the age of long guns from 18 to 21, Murphy did not say whether that would be added to state law. The senators involved, including Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), are focused on drafting legislation that will reach 60 to 70 votes.

“We’re having a conversation about this specific population, 18 to 21, and how to make sure that only the right people, law-abiding citizens, get their hands on guns,” he said. .

Changes to the background check system are also on the table, Murphy said. Although he admitted that the Senate was not likely to pass extensive background checks, changes to the existing system were possible.

Sen. Pat Toomey, who has worked to expand background checks since 2013, said Sunday he hopes the Senate’s final package will include that policy change. “I certainly hope we’re going to have an expansion of background checks,” Toomey (R-Pa.) said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

He added: “I just think it makes sense.”

More than 250 Texas gun enthusiasts and conservative donors ran a full-page ad in Sunday’s Dallas Morning News endorsing negotiations between Cornyn and Murphy, particularly expanded background checks, red flag and a higher minimum age to purchase certain firearms.

Although Murphy has said he is confident in the bipartisan effort to get something out of gun laws, he knows past attempts have failed.

“I think the possibility of success is better than ever. But I think the consequences of failure for our entire democracy are greater than ever,” Murphy told host Jake Tapper.


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