Senators Ted Cruz (Texas) and Chuck Grassley (Iowa) introduced an alternative gun bill this morning that would replace the current Senate proposal from Chuck Schumer and would replace the Manchin-Toomey background checks legislation. The proposal is the “Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act.” This Cruz-Grassley proposal would “improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, increase resources for prosecutions of gun crime, address mental illness in the criminal justice system, and strengthen criminal law by including straw purchasing and illegal firearm trafficking statutes.”

Grassley put an emphasis on the mental illness part of the bill. “We’ve put together an amendment that can effectively address some of the problems we’ve seen while protecting Second Amendment rights,” Grassley said. “I’ve been very interested in the mental health aspect of this debate, so we include provisions to study and address that issue.”

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