Senate panel agrees to new legislation on guns
March 7th, 2013
11:37 AM ET
1 year ago

Senate panel agrees to new legislation on guns

Washington (CNN) - A bill that would toughen laws on gun trafficking and straw purchases of firearms got the OK from the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday to be sent on to the full chamber for consideration.

The measure would make it harder for Mexican drug cartels to get their hands on guns sold in the United States and would punish those buying firearms or ammunition for criminals, said panel chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    Right wing conspiracy theorists should take note of th significance of what this legislation tries to address. It attempts to prevent the sort of gun walking scenarios that led to the "False and Frivilous" charges against the Attorney General, Eric Holder.

    There really was not much that the agents could do under Arizona law because no laws were observed to be being broken. Agents could no more follow someone who purchased a gun at a gun store than a local cop could follow you as you drive away from a bar at closing time.

    March 7, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. Chipster

    Right wing conspiracy theorists should also check their facts about the gun walking programs that began in 2005, long before the 2008 election. "Fast and Furious" was an extension of Operation Gunrunner.

    March 7, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |