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The following statement is from US Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA US Sen.)

Bipartisan group of senators announce deal

Washington D.C.- U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Thom Tillis (RN.C.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Roy Blunt (R -Mo.), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Richard Burr (RN.C.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Lindsey Graham (RS.C.), Martin Heinrich (DN.M.), Mark Kelly (D-Arizona), Angus King (I-Maine), Joe Manchin (DW.Va.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) released the following statement:

“Today we are announcing a common sense bipartisan proposal to protect America’s children, keep our schools safe and reduce the threat of violence in our country. Families are scared, and it is our duty to unite and to do something that will help restore their sense of safety in their communities.Our plan increases needed mental health resources, improves school safety and support for students, and helps ensure that dangerous criminals and those deemed to be mental patients can’t buy guns. Most importantly, our plan saves lives while protecting the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans. We look forward to winning broad bipartisan support and getting our common sense proposal across the law. “

The proposal includes:

Support for State Crisis Response Orders

  • Provides resources to states and tribes to create and administer laws that help ensure that deadly weapons do not fall into the hands of individuals who have been determined by a court to pose a significant danger to themselves or others, in accordance with state and federal due process and constitutional protections.

Investing in child and family mental health services

  • National expansion of the community behavioral health center model; 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.

Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence

  • Convicted domestic violence abusers and people with domestic violence restraining orders are included in the NICS, including those who have or have had an ongoing relationship of a romantic or intimate nature.

Funding for school-based mental health and support services

  • Invests in programs to expand mental health and support services in schools, including: early identification and intervention programs and school mental health and support services.

School Safety Resource Funding

  • Invests in programs to help implement safety measures in and around elementary and secondary schools, support school violence prevention efforts, and provide training for school staff and students.

Clarification of the definition of federally licensed firearms dealer

  • Crack down on criminals who illegally evade licensing requirements.

Investments in telehealth

  • Invests in programs that improve access to mental and behavioral health services for youth and families in crisis through telehealth.

Under 21 Improved review process

  • For purchasers under 21, requires an investigation period to review mental and juvenile health records, including checks with state databases and local law enforcement.

Penalties for buying straw

  • Cracks down on criminals who illegally buy and traffic firearms.