"We urge Congress to continue to work together on this important legislation, which must be the first and not only, to address the physical safety of our students while in school", said Sasha Pudelski, the group's advocacy director.
The House has approved a bill to improve school safety in the wake of the shooting that left 17 dead at a Florida high school.
Kashuv, who has been an outspoken proponent of 2nd Amendment rights since the shooting, told Business Insider that after connecting with Hatch and other senators, he chose to back the Stop School Violence Act because it addressed ways of preventing school shootings without infringing on any gun rights.
The bill faces an uncertain future in the House, where Republicans previous year passed a more sweeping financial deregulation bill. All other 11 New Jersey House members, Democrats and Republicans, voted aye.
President Trump has expressed his support for the bill, however there is no parallel measure in the Senate.
The STOP School Violence Act authorizes (but does not provide) $50 million a year in grants for intervention and threat assessment improvements.
Several gun control bills advanced through the DE legislature on Wednesday as lawmakers take aim at restricting weapon sales and ensuring those deemed potentially risky for mental health reasons do not have access to firearms.
Sanders says the US needs to strengthen laws to help law enforcement, deal with mental health problems and find ways to prevent violence in schools.
Speaking on Wednesday, as the protesters marched, Democratic Rep. Jerrod Nadler spoke, "Today, young people are taking a stand and calling on this Congress to do something about the scourge of gun violence".
Democrats, while supportive, are still calling for additional measures to prevent future school shootings. "I hope it's the first step of many different things we can do this session to try to make our communities safer".
Republicans' touted the school safety grants and background check reporting measures as a sign of their party's interest in stopping gun violence on the same day that students from across the country organized a walk-out to call attention to the topic.
It also would authorize $25 million for schools to improve and harden their security, such as installing new locks, lights, metal detectors and panic buttons.
Key provisions of the STOP School Violence Act, relating to providing funding for more schools to use proven school violence prevention strategies, were developed by Sandy Hook Promise. The nonprofit's mission is to prevent gun violence before it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene, and get help for at-risk individuals.
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