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Schumer Moves on Gun Bill, No GOP Support

Wednesday, 06 Mar 2013 09:30 PM

By Todd Beamon

Sen. Charles Schumer plans to introduce legislation on Thursday — without GOP support — on a bill to expand background checks to private gun sales.

The New York Democrat plans to introduce the Fix Guns Checks Act at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, The Hill reports.

Schumer is acting alone because talks toward a bipartisan deal with Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma stalled over the issue of background checks on private sales, The Hill reports.

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Others included in the discussions were Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

The legislation would require a background check for virtually every gun sale and would compel private sellers to verify that the person they are selling to is not prohibited from buying a firearm. Exemptions for law enforcement and sales to family members are included.

“We are committed to continuing to work in a bipartisan effort with Sens. Schumer, Coburn and others in order to find a commonsense solution for enhanced background checks, however, Sen. Schumer’s current proposal is one we cannot support as it stands today,” Kirk and Manchin said in a statement to The Hill.

“Our goal is to pass a bill that will close loopholes in the current background-check process in a way that does not burden law-abiding citizens.”

A Schumer aide told The Hill that the senator will present the compromise he was seeking with Coburn to other Republican senators.


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