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Senate Gun Legislation Would Need Billions in New Spending

  • Talks focus on state grants, mental health, school security
  • Negotiators remain optimistic as talks pushed into next week
The US Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The US Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Photographer: Eric Lee/Bloomberg

Senators negotiating new gun legislation are proposing billions in new federal programs for mental health services and school security as well as grants to states to enact so-called red flag laws.

Deciding where that money comes could add a wrinkle to the talks as Republicans and Democrats struggle to find some common ground on policies to respond to the massacres last month at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, that killed a total of 31 people.