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Senate Democrats Abandon Background Check Bill

Posted on August 2, 2013

Senate Democrats have abandoned efforts to pass a law this year expanding background checks for gun purchases — dealing a new setback to the drive for tougher gun laws after the Newtown school massacre.

In a meeting Thursday with a pro-gun-control group, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said budget battles looming this fall will make it impossible to enact the background-check measure that failed to pass in April.

“I think sometime next year we’ll revisit that issue. I’m almost certain of it,” Reid (D-Nev.) told the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, according to a reporter for The Nation who was allowed to sit in on the meeting.

Senate leadership aides had predicted a push to pass the measure this fall.

Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who co-authored the background-check measure, and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) had been talking with fellow senators about tweaking the bill to win over opponents.

Gun control supporters are concerned that the momentum for new laws after Sandy Hook has dissipated.

But they made little progress gaining support, suggesting a fall vote would have failed.

In the wake of Reid’s remarks, Schumer vowed to press on. “We’re working every day to get the votes for a background check bill and as soon as we have them, we’ll bring it up for a vote,” he said.

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8 thoughts on “Senate Democrats Abandon Background Check Bill

  1. CaptTurbo says:

    Some countries put their criminals in prison. In the United States, we put them in office.

  2. Martin Shaw says:

    Harry Reid needs to retire his mental capabilities have expired. This is why we need term limits.

  3. Seymour Kleerly says:

    The will of most Americans has been beaten back by the Right Wing Gun Lobby.

  4. Here’s another one of those extremist, deer-hunting, pickup truck-driving, Second-Amendment-defending, good-ole-boy gun rights outfits ve hef to ge-stompen outen beforeign it’s too laten, C-mohr!

  5. No the Will of Americans is to protect our rights….not go off half cocked like the Left wing nut jobs…
    Like these idiots….The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources sent an armed SWAT team to kill a fawn in an animal shelter. It’s illegal to keep a helpless wild animal in an animal shelter.

  6. They're bluffing. There is a lack of high publicity child deaths with which to "gin up" support for "Common Sense Gun Safety Legislation". For now.

    Very next time they find a nice pile of little bodies to dance upon various "gun control" Bills will be back – either in Original Form or resubmitted with whatever rubbish these Nanny Staters imagine they can inflict upon us. For our own good of course.

  7. you've got to be kidding. right? You decide you want to do something and allasudden it's the "will of the people"?? Get over yourselves. This isn't a democracy, stupid. we're a nation of laws. the highest law in the land says SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED! Get that through your thick head before someone does it for you.

  8. Johnthelibertarian says:

    dear Seymour; you REALLY need to SEE MORE