April 9th, 2013
07:37 PM ET
2 years ago

Coburn: There won’t be a filibuster

(CNN) – A key player in negotiations over potential gun control legislation said on Tuesday a planned GOP filibuster of the bill won’t occur if Democrats allow Republicans to bring amendments up for a vote.

Sen. Tom Coburn, speaking on CNN’s “Erin Burnett Outfront,” said a filibuster that’s been promised by more than a dozen fellow Republicans would prevent Americans from seeing where their elected officials stand on the issue.

“It’s not going to be filibustered,” Coburn said, adding that the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid needs to offer "an open amendment process" in order for Republicans to agree to allow a vote.

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"We ought to have this debate. America needs to know where we stand," Coburn continued, adding “That’s what the Senate should be about."

The Oklahoma Republican, who enjoys a top or “A” rating from the National Rifle Association, was among a bipartisan group of senators working behind the scenes on legislation aimed at expanding background checks on gun sales.

Efforts in Washington to craft some type of gun-control legislation was prompted by December’s school massacre in Connecticut.

The talks hit a snag, however, on the issue of record-keeping – Coburn vehemently opposes any attempt by the federal government to retain information on gun owners.

“The government doesn’t have a right under the Constitution to know whether I bought a gun or not,” Coburn said Tuesday.

While some reports have claimed Coburn walked away from background check negotiations, he denied leaving the bargaining table.

“I didn’t back away from any negotiations,” he said. “Chuck Schumer quit talking to me,” he said of the New York Democrat.

“I’ve had a position that’s been the same all along. I’m willing to do what it takes to actually make a difference to make sure we don’t put guns in the hands in the people who shouldn’t have it. How we do that is important. Where Chuck and I differed is how we did that,” Coburn said.


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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. DENNA

    Bet there will be a filibuster. The GOP's got nothing else. They have to do what their NRA masters tell them to. The rest of America, apparently, doesn't count.

    April 9, 2013 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Amend it to put the same loopholes right back in it? Debate it first and see if there can be agreements on the amendments. And put the debates on C-Span so we can watch. I want to know what the crooks from my state are saying. Not that the nuts in this state will ever vote them out.

    April 9, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    These guys need to pass Filibuster Reform. Whether there is or not. So that these can not play dramas.

    April 9, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  4. Larry L

    Would the proposed amendments simply trash the effectiveness of the bill? I wouldn't be at all shocked if the radicals on the right offered some "personhood" rider or other unrelated nonsense to obstruct the process. Republicans are too worried about their "N.R.A. Grade" to take some reasonable steps to keep guns out of the hands of crazies.

    April 9, 2013 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  5. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Anyone that votes againest background checks dem or republicans will be going againest 90% of the American people,good luck in the mid terms and screw the nra slobs !!!!

    April 9, 2013 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein

    It is nice to hear that a Republican agree to hear things out. Let this get heard on the floor and not waste time with a filibuster.

    April 9, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  7. Sandy

    Good! Now let's get the jobs bill through next!

    April 9, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  8. alex

    “The government doesn’t have a right under the Constitution to know whether I bought a gun or not,” Coburn said Tuesday.
    Really? Where in the Constitution does it say that? There the gun nuts go again. Twisting the words of our most sacred document to fit their twisted little fantasies.

    April 9, 2013 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  9. william haehn

    if you are a good citizen who wants to own a gun.....why would you care if the government knows ??....let's be real....in this country we will not take guns from law abiding citizens ??....

    April 9, 2013 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  10. Thomas

    I was hopeful there would be a grandstanding performance by the Gang of Four , Rand Paul , Ted Cruz , Marco Rubio and Mitch McConnell.

    What a show

    April 9, 2013 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    Too late Coburn. We already know what the rethugs and tea crazies don't like and are against which is pretty much any human and civil rights of the citizens of the US.
    The racist curly haired crazy is going to speak at Howard University in DC today. He's trying to reach out to the same people he has said anyone should have the right NOT to serve them.

    April 10, 2013 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  12. toby hill

    Until HIPPA Laws are solved then nothing congress does will make a difference.

    April 10, 2013 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  13. king

    i don't believe anything these repubs say, especially when it comes to their favorite tool of filibustering, McConnell fillabus his own bill for crying out loud. these folks takes a method that was rarely used before in history, into a play thing while Americans goes without jobs for years. why does these folks keep sending these repubs to congress. while other countries are slowly catching up and moving past us, all we see is filibustering filibustering filibustering. when are the American people is going to get tired of this crap.

    April 10, 2013 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  14. jim

    Traitors! Anyone who votes for gun control is going to lose a lot of votes in 2014.

    April 10, 2013 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  15. dialogos68

    Obama and Biden have a message for the ignorant and unwitting. In reality, after a mass shooting in 1996, gun control zealots, liberals and the global elite started gun registration in Australia too, and... a few years later, they ended up asking law abiding citizens to turn their weapons in via a massive MANDITORY buy-back program. At present, there are only a few exceptions to the long list of banned guns an Australian can own.

    April 10, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  16. dialogos68

    The demonization of innocent gun owners by lib government officials, politicians, and media is telling. Libs are turning the USA into socialist 1930s Nazi Germany. Hitler WAS a gun grabber and disarmed Germans. Look how well that turned out. Banning guns from honest citizens never creates lower crime rates. Australia is the perfect modern example. Today the elite banking cartels (as one example) are pushing our politicians, who they fund, to take our guns. Just ask the people in Cyprus why the banks want citizens disarmed. Just like our Federal Reserve, the big banks created the EU. At present they are controlling Western governments and ripping the World off.

    Libs don't want you to know that gun crimes in America by percentage have been dropping for decades. The USA is as safe as anywhere on Earth. The exceptions are the liberal run inner cities where guns are banned from honest citizens and teenagers use hand-guns for gang related crimes. This pandemic, IN TRUTH, began when greedy (and racist) Hollywood pushed the thug-gansta culture to our youth back in the early 1990s. Ever since their financially profitable marketing campaign began, inner-city black youth have fallen into the abyss of violence. This is fact! FBI statistics are proof.

    This scenario is above the realm of understanding for unwitting, fear-mongering, gun-grabbing progressive liberals. If our country does not stand up for the 2nd Amendment NOW, it may be to late with a looming gun grabbing UN treaty that the democrats want to sign.

    April 10, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  17. Moot

    >An administration that gives guns to Mexican drug cartels, Libyan and Syrian terrorist says I can't have a gun
    Oh the irony

    We protect our president, banks, office buildings, Congressmen, Governors, courts, etc with guns
    We protect our children with a sign that says "this is a gun free zone"

    April 10, 2013 07:51 am at 7:51 am |