“Obviously, it does not do everything that I think is needed, but it reflects important steps in the right direction, and would be the most significant gun safety legislation to pass Congress in decades,” President Joe Biden announced of a proposed firearms safety bill from a bipartisan group of senators on Sunday.

“With bipartisan support, there are no excuses for delay, and no reason why it should not quickly move through the Senate and the House. Each day that passes, more children are killed in this country: the sooner it comes to my desk, the sooner I can sign it, and the sooner we can use these measures to save lives,” Biden concluded.

“Sunday’s announcement still marks the furthest that talks on a gun measure have advanced in Congress since 2013, following a Connecticut school massacre, when gun control legislation failed on the Senate floor” reports Newsmax.

It was 10 Republicans, nine Democrats and one independent who agreed upon the parameters. “Our plan saves lives while also protecting the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans,” the negotiating group, led by Democrat Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Republican John Cornyn of Texas, said in a statement. “We look forward to earning broad, bipartisan support and passing our commonsense proposal into law.”

Newsmax writes “The plan includes support for state ‘red flag’ laws that would keep guns from potentially dangerous people, tougher criminal background checks for firearms buyers under 21 and a crackdown on ‘straw purchases’ by people buying firearms for others who could not pass a background check.”

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement, “I am glad Senators Cornyn and Murphy are continuing to make headway in their discussions.” He added that he hopes all of the talks make progress on “key issues like mental health and school safety” in a way that “respects the Second Amendment.”