Gun Talks Focus on Red-Flag Laws, Background Checks After Texas School Shooting

WASHINGTON — Democratic and Republican lawmakers opened talks on possible legislation to address mass shootings, with enhanced background checks and red-flag laws seen as potential areas of compromise following the killing of 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

In one encouraging sign for the talks, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) Told reporters Thursday that he had directed Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas) to meet with Democrats to see if an agreement can be reached. He did not indicate what kind of legislation he might back.

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