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(CNN) — The vast majority of Republican senators were slow to adopt Monday announced weapons security frameworkand tells CNN they want more details before saying where they stand.

It’s a sign of how hard it will be for Republicans to hold on to the support they have and build on it, as outside groups like Gun Owners of America and other supporters stir up opposition to the framework.

In interviews with more than a dozen ordinary Republicans, CNN found that most are reluctant to throw their support behind anything until they have the final text of the law, a task that can take days or even weeks.

Leading Republican in the gun talks, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, told reporters Monday he hopes to have text by the end of the week, but the longer the legislation takes, the harder it could be to maintain and expand Republican support .

“I want to see the bill,” said Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio. “We pass on invoices here, not frames. But it has red flags for states, which is a bill I submitted four years ago. It should have happened four years ago,” a reference to gun policy Keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to yourself or others. That Framework announced Sunday proposes to deploy significant funds to help states create new red flag laws, and for the 19 states — and Washington, DC — that already have those laws on the books, they would also be entitled to funds to improve the effectiveness of their established ones programs.

“I’m not against it,” Rubio said of the agreement. “I’m just not sure how it’s going to work mechanically.”

Rubio argued that much of the bill’s success or failure lies in “how you write it”.

“We had a framework for immigration in 2013, and then we had a bill, and then people reacted negatively,” Rubio said.

South Dakota GOP Senator Mike Rounds made similar points.

“It sounds like they’ve made some progress,” he said. “But on this issue, the devil is in the details. So until we see the actual legislative details, I have no way of knowing.”

“I like that they are addressing school safety,” Rounds continued. “I like that they are dealing with mental health. I like that they try to keep guns away from people who shouldn’t have them in the first place. … Now the question arises, what does the actual legal language look like?”

“We’re looking at it,” said Republican Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama. “I am a Second Amendment man. I don’t know if that (the bill) will improve anything. I do not know. We will take a close look at that.”

And Republican Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski told reporters she would not answer questions about the bill in part because she left her phone on the west coast and wasn’t up to date.

“No, because I know Zip. I wasn’t notified by anyone and I left my phone in Seattle so I couldn’t read the news today,” she said. “I won’t comment on that until I see what was discussed today.”

Other Republican Senators who said they needed more time and specifics were Republican Sens. John Thune of South Dakota, of the GOP Whip, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Mike Crapo of Utah, Roger Marshall of Kansas and Rick Scott from Florida and Deb Fischer from Nebraska.

“Let me see it in writing,” Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama told CNN.

Senator Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, said he probably won’t vote for the proposal, especially after hearing from voters concerned about gun law changes.

“Yes, I probably won’t vote for it, but I, there are no lyrics. So you know, this is all hypothetical,” he told CNN’s Manu Raju.

Another potential pitfall will be how the legislation will be paid for. A cost estimate will not be available until the bill is written, but Republicans in the group have already said they want to offset the cost of the bill.

Sen. Thom Tillis of North Craolina, one of the GOP negotiators, told CNN that payment methods for the legislation will be determined later.

“I don’t want people to dwell on the payment because for me it’s all about stripping down the core text, tightening the timing, understanding what it’s going to cost over 10 years, and then paying the backend for it. But we made a commitment to pay for it,” Tillis said.

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