Congress announces deal on gun reform, mental health funding and school security

Members of the Senate involved in bipartisan negotiations around the issue of gun law reform in response to a recent spate of mass shootings announced that they had reached a deal on Sunday.

News of the provisions was first broken by The Washington Post Sunday morning, and was confirmed on Twatter by the lead Democratic negotiator, Chris Murphy, shortly before noon eastern time.

The legislation will include an expansion of background checks for under-21s to include a search of juvenile justice registries, as well as a federal grant program that will encourage states to pass red flag laws, which allow family members or law enforcements to petition courts to temporarily restrict certain persons from owning firearms.

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