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Senate Panel passes 2 more measures, postpones 1
Efforts to reduce gun violence made some headway today on the Senate panel. In the wake of the deadly shooting in Newtown, CT the push for new gun laws has been stronger than ever. Today the committee convened and voted 10-8 (with all Republicans opposed) on the measure to expand a requirement of background checks for gun sales between private parties. The committee also approved a measure providing $40 million a year to school safety programs in a bipartisan vote 14-4. In addition, last week, a vote 11-7 made “straw” purchases (aka gun trafficking) a federal crime that will carry long prison terms into the bill.
Yet the proposed ban on assault weapons and a limit on high capacity ammunition magazines was postponed—however, not indefinitely—Committee Chair Patrick Leahy of Vermont said he expects the panel to move on such a bill by the end of the week. Proposed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the assault weapons ban under consideration would ban 157 types of military assault weapons. Unfortunately, this measure faces strong opposition from the NRA and many senators—including some Democrats from “pro-gun” states.
Furthermore, according to the Associated Press, “Leaders of the GOP-run House have said the will wait to act until the Senate passes legislation. House Republicans have expressed little interest in requiring background checks for private sales.”
However, USA Today reports “Sen. Charles Schumer, said he is work with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va) and Sen. Mark Kirk (D-IL) on retooling the background check bill so that it might attract bipartisan support when it is considered on the Senate floor.
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