Today is showdown day inside the Senate over gun control legislation, together with the Democratic leadership encouraging to move ahead in a bid to beat Republicans objections.
“We are going to vote Thursday,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said today. “It will be real a slap in the face to American people not to do something on background checks, on school safety, on federal trafficking -everybody thinks it’s a good idea.”
Two senators – Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, and Pat Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania, will work on the possible bipartisan compromise on background record checks. The blueprint allows close friends and family to be excluded from those background checks if they are selling or trading guns to each other.
Public viewpoint polls appear to 90% of American citizens prefer expanded background checks in the aftermath in the December massacre of 20 young children and 6 adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. However the legislation encounters weeks of anticipated debate inside the Senate and most likely will get a cooler reception in the Republican-led House of Representatives.
Amendments also may make it unpalatable for some senators who now help it, like Toomey, who said he would not back any additions that would curb law-abiding gun owners’ rights.
Many Democrats, including the President and gun-control advocates have been pushing for restoration of the ban on military type assault weapons and restrictions on high-capacity magazines. Gun rights groups have aggressively lobbied against any restrictions.
Any final bill out of the Senate could also include increased school security and tighter restrictions on gun trafficking.