LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell says he doesn't think there's much the federal government can do to stop school shootings.

"I don't think, at the federal level, there's much we can do other than appropriate funds, and we put a school safety measure in the big spending bill we did a few months ago," McConnell said.

McConnell made those comments earlier this week in Boyle County, Kentucky.

His spokesperson said that a spending package passed in March encourages state and federal authorities to report more data to the country's gun background check system.

The bill also provided funding for "threat assessment and crisis intervention programs."

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