Ten GOP Senators Including Mitt Romney and Lindsey Graham Reach Bipartisan Agreement on Gun Control Deal

In what appeared to be an inevitability, it was announced today that ten GOP Senators including Mitt Romney (UT) and Lindsey Graham (SC) have reached a bipartisan agreement on a gun control deal.

Sen Chris Murphy (D-CT) announced the agreement in a multi-part tweet where he declared, “NEWS: We have a deal. Today a bipartisan group of 20 Senators (10 D and 10 R) is announcing a breakthrough agreement on gun violence – the first in 30 years – that will save lives. I think you’ll be surprised at the scope of our framework. 1/ Here’s what it includes:”

“2/ Major funding to help states pass and implement crisis intervention orders (red flag laws) that will allow law enforcement to temporarily take dangerous weapons away from people who pose a danger to others or themselves.”

“3/ Billions in new funding for mental health and school safety, including money for the national build out of community mental health clinics.”

“4/ Close the “boyfriend loophole”, so that no domestic abuser – a spouse OR a serious dating partner – can buy a gun if they are convicted of abuse against their partner.”

“5/ First ever federal law against gun trafficking and straw purchasing. This will be a difference making tool to stop the flow of illegal guns into cities.”

“6/ Enhanced background check for under 21 gun buyers and a short pause to conduct the check. Young buyers can get the gun only after the enhanced check is completed.”

“7/ Clarification of the laws regarding who needs to register as a licensed gun dealer, to make sure all truly commercial sellers are doing background checks.”

“8/ Will this bill do everything we need to end our nation’s gun violence epidemic? No. But it’s real, meaningful progress. And it breaks a 30 year log jam, demonstrating that Democrats and Republicans can work together in a way that truly saves lives.”

Joe Biden weighed in on the deal in a tweet where he said, “I want to thank Senator Chris Murphy and the bipartisan group for their gun safety proposal. It does not do everything that I think is needed, but it reflects important steps in the right direction.”

“With bipartisan support, there are no excuses for delay. Let’s get this done,” Biden urged, indicating that he would sign the potential legislation.

In a Tweet, Joyce Karam listed, “The 10 Republicans Supporting Gun Deal in Senate: Cornyn, Tillis, Blunt, Burr, Cassidy, Collins, Graham, Portman, Romney, Toomey. Makes it immune to filibuster (60).”

U.S. House Rep Lauren Boebert (R-CO) likely summed up the thoughts of many as she said in a quote tweet, “Hey Siri, show me a list of Senate RINOS.”