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Senate advances gun safety legislation, awaits support for final steps

(KYMA, KECY/ CNN) - The Senate voted 64 to 34 Tuesday night to advance a gun safety bill to debate and possibly a final vote later this week.

A bipartisan group of Senators released the text of the new gun safety bill a few hours before.

It comes after days of haggling in negotiations where it was unclear if a final bill would ever emerge.

The measure includes millions of dollars for mental health, school safety, and crisis intervention programs.

It also lays out incentives for states to include juvenile records in the national criminal background check system.

Now, the race is on for the Senate to approve the bill before the chamber takes off for the July fourth holiday.

It's not known if it can get the ten Republican votes needed to overcome a filibuster and pass, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he supports the bill -- which could be a key indicator it has enough support.

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