No deal to end gun violence, U.S. Republican lawmaker says

WASHINGTON, June 19 (Reuters) – Lawmakers remain far apart on the most important gun safety issues currently being debated in Congress, a Republican senator said on Sunday, casting doubt on hopes the United States could pass the first federal gun legislation in decades.

“The problem we have here is that we don’t have a bill,” Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee told Fox News on Sunday.

“I kept asking to see the text and it became apparent that they didn’t have an invoice and in fact they didn’t agree at all,” Lee said.

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Lawmakers have come under pressure to reduce gun violence after two mass shootings last month at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, and an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Read more

Last week, John Cornyn, the top Republican negotiator for the US Senate’s efforts to craft a bipartisan gun safety bill, walked out of the talks, while the top Democrat remained optimistic that lawmakers could vote on the legislation before leaving for a two-week break on July 4. . Read more

A bipartisan group of lawmakers agreed to a series of “very broad promises,” Lee said. “But on the most controversial, controversial and likely to have an impact provisions, there is no language.”

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Reporting by Heather Timmons; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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