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Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley Talks to Siouxland Public Media About the Upcoming Primary Election, Gun Control, and the U.S. Supreme Court

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A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is trying to find common ground in the debate over gun violence after last week's deadly shooting in Texas.

As Siouxland Public Media's Sheila Brummer reports, Iowa's senior senator is pushing for some changes.

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In an interview with Siouxland Public Media, leading up to Iowa's primary election, Senator Chuck Grassley said he doesn't want to comment on gun control while work on potential plans is underway.

"When it comes to the Bill of Rights and the Second Amendment, you have to make sure whatever you do is constitutional."

"The reason I wouldn't discuss much on gun legislation is because Murphy and Corbin are leading a bipartisan group to see what kind of compromise they can come up with legislation to deal with safety, background checks, and guns.

Grassley did introduce the EAGLES Act after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Grassley says Congress should have passed it years ago.

"Eagle is the mascot for that high school. Visiting with parents and we developed legislation with parents of that schools. It would build on a Secret Service program to identify people at risk to others, themselves, or society as a whole. It's for intervention purposes.

Grassley hopes the EAGLES Act could potentially be wrapped into one of the bi-partisan plans being discussed by lawmakers.

NPR reports some legislative proposals under consideration, include creating incentives for states to develop and implement so-called red-flag laws and small changes to the existing background check system.

Red flag laws allow authorities or families to petition a court to order the removal of firearms from a person who may present a danger to others or themselves.

Any changes in the law would require a consensus of 60 votes in the Senate.