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In modest breakthrough, US senators announce outline of gun control deal

Flowers are piled around crosses with the names of the victims killed in the recent school shooting at Robb Elementary School, in Uvalde, Texas, as people visit a memorial to pay their respects, May 31, 2022. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Flowers are piled around crosses with the names of the victims killed in the recent school shooting at Robb Elementary School, in Uvalde, Texas, as people visit a memorial to pay their respects, May 31, 2022. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Senate bargainers announce a bipartisan framework responding to last month’s mass shootings, a modest breakthrough offering measured gun curbs and bolstered efforts to improve school safety and mental health programs.

The proposal falls far short of tougher steps long sought by President Joe Biden and many Democrats. Even so, if the accord leads to the enactment of legislation, it would signal a turn from years of gun massacres that have yielded little but stalemate in Congress.

Leaders hope to push any agreement into law quickly — they hope this month — before the political momentum fades that has been stirred by the recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas.

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