Connecticut two U.S. Senators are touting several gun violence prevention provisions in the omnibus appropriations bill passed by the Senate Thursday night. There is $128-million for the FBI to conduct background checks and $58-million for states to improve their criminal background check databases.
The bill also includes $115-million for the President's Now is the Time initiative to expand access to mental health services.
$75-millionis set aside for the National Institute of Justice to conduct a new Comprehensive School Safety Initiative to study the causes of school violence and provide pilot grants to test state and local school safety initiatives, $15-million was included in the bill to train police on how to respond to active shooter situations.