Senators Cornyn, Murphy, Sinema, Tillis to meet as gun reform talks and mass shootings continue

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A bipartisan group of senators Monday will meet in person on potential gun safety legislation, as the Senate inches toward a potential deal in the wake of several mass shootings. The meeting, confirmed by a source familiar to Fox News – with Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, serving as the lead negotiators for their respective parties – follows a meeting between the group last Tuesday. That meeting was done via video conference as the Senate was out on recess.A separate, larger group of senators also met last Wednesday to discuss areas of possible agreement between Republicans and Democrats. 
Sen. John Cornyn speaks at the U.S. Capitol on Aug. 4, 2021, in Washington.
(Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)PHILADELPHIA MASS SHOOTING: DA KRASNER CLAIMS LEGISLATORS ‘SOLD THEIR SOULS’ TO NRA GUN LOBBY; CHARGES TO COMESens. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., will also join the meeting Monday, first reported by Politico. Talks on potential gun reform were spurred by multiple mass shootings last month, including one apparently racially motivated shooting at a Buffalo supermarket and another in an Uvalde, Texas, elementary school. Those shootings were followed by yet more major attacks, one at a Tulsa, Oklahoma, hospital and another over the weekend on South Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. DEM SEN. CHRIS MURPHY INSISTS BIDEN NOT GET INVOLVED WITH BIPARTISAN GUN NEGOTIATIONSThe two most prominent potential areas for agreement in the Senate appear to be on legislation to encourage states to implement red flag laws and for expanded federal background checks. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPDemocrats in the House of Representatives are also forcing votes this week on a number of bills, including provisions to ban high-capacity magazines and raise the age to own semi-automatic rifles. But that legislation will not pass in the 50/50 divided Senate, where 60 votes are needed to pass a bill. And even for a more modest Senate-negotiated package, a GOP aide told Fox News, any deal to get 10 Republicans and break a filibuster “will require threading the needle.”  Tyler Olson covers politics for Fox News Digital. You can contact him at tyler.olson@fox.com and follow him on Twitter at @TylerOlson1791.

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