The U-S Senate is advancing a gun safety bill aimed at preventing mass shootings.
Missouri Senator Roy Blunt was one of ten Republicans who negotiated the bipartisan legislation.
It would enhance background checks for gun buyers under age 21, provide state funding for “red flag” laws, close the boyfriend loophole, and create new federal statutes against gun trafficking.
Blunt led the push for billion dollars for mental health programs and school safety.
Senator Josh Hawley voted against further debate on the measure.
Hawley said on Twitter the bill, “ignores the national crime wave & chips away instead at the fundamental rights of law-abiding citizens.”