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Bipartisan Senate negotiators could release the text of a deal reached earlier this month on gun legislation on Monday, after talks began to gain momentum in recent days, a source familiar with Fox News confirmed.
As senators worked on the text of a bill, talks stalled on the specifics of how to close the so-called “boyfriend loophole” and fund the state’s implementation of ” crisis intervention orders”, also known as red flag laws.
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NBC News first reported that a text could be released on Monday, although talks that appeared to be gaining momentum last week did not result in a bill until the weekend. Senators are hoping to get something passed before the July 4 adjournment. It’s not clear they’ll be able to do that with just a few days before they leave town.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said last week that senators were moving toward a piece of legislation.
“I think we’re in a better position in terms of…grants to states that have crisis response programs,” he said.
Cornyn and Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., are the lead negotiators for the bipartisan group that agreed to a legislative framework earlier this month. This group includes 20 senators.
But Cornyn said there was still some disagreement among senators on the issue of the boyfriend loophole. The loophole is part of federal law that allows court-tried domestic abusers to buy guns if they weren’t married to their partner.
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Lawmakers want to broaden the definition of this law so that a broader category of domestic abusers can be excluded from owning firearms. As of last week, they were still struggling to come up with a definition for this unmarried category that would fill the loophole but not accidentally sweep other people away. But Punchbowl News reported on Monday that Democrats may have made concessions on that issue.
Fox News’ Kelly Phares contributed to this report.
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