Pelosi refuses to say whether she will support a bipartisan gun deal in the Senate

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refuses to support a bipartisan deal on guns and school safety.

Ms Pelosi said that while she trusted the Senate to negotiate a deal, her support would depend on how narrow or broad the proposal was.

“I trust that they are talking,” said Ms. Pelosi, Democrat of California. “But again, obviously the expectation is that they don’t get [something close to what the House] would pass.”

Ms Pelosi said that while nothing has been decided, support for a bipartisan compromise would be judged by proximity to a series of gun control measures passed by the House earlier this week.

“What I mean is that we only make history today if we make progress on legislation. It’s a solid package,” she said. “If we get some of it, it will save lives.”

The remarks come as the Senate continues to hold bipartisan gun talks. Those talks are about more money for school safety, incentives for states to pass “red flag” laws, and expanding the background check system to include juvenile criminal records.

The areas are significantly less ambitious than the gun control package Ms. Pelosi pushed through the House earlier this week.

Titled the Protecting Our Kids Act, the legislation raises the minimum age required to purchase a semi-automatic rifle from 18 to 21. It also limits the capacity of the ammunition magazine to a maximum of 10 rounds and requires existing protective stocks to be registered while prohibiting their sale. of bump stocks for civilian use.

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