Gun vote unlikely to happen next week
April 3rd, 2013
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Gun vote unlikely to happen next week

(CNN) – A Senate vote on tighter gun control laws is unlikely to occur next week, according to two Democratic sources, who described a hang-up among Republicans over bolstering rules regulating background checks during gun sales.

President Barack Obama has been pressing for new gun laws since December's shooting at a school in Connecticut. He will travel to Colorado Wednesday to resume his calls for laws he says would prevent the type of violence that left 26 people dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Background checks have become the focus of federal legislation, and are regarded as the measure with the best possible chance of gaining congressional approval. Other provisions, including a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines, are not expected to gain enough support from Republicans and moderate Democrats.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid originally vowed to bring a gun control bill up for a vote when Congress returns from recess next week, but sources said Reid doesn't have the 60 votes needed to break a Republican filibuster of the legislation.

Democratic leaders are currently looking at ways to bring Republicans on board with their plan, which would require reworking the bill. Sources said Democrats would like to make a deal with Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, who could then convince other Republicans to support the plan.

Coburn has said that he'll oppose any measure bolstering background checks that includes record-keeping on gun owners.

Other opponents of increased background checks say the plan would unnecessarily apply to innocent handoffs between family members. Many say the current focus should be on improving the current system's record-keeping or insuring individuals with mental health issues are included in the database.

But proponents say the so-called gun show loophole means as many as 40% of gun sales are not subject to the type of background check which could keep firearms out of the hands of criminals.

Recent polling indicates a high level of support for requiring a background check on every gun sale. The most recent survey, from Morning Joe/Marist, found almost nine of ten Americans supported universal background checks. Other March surveys have put that number at 85% or above.

CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin contributed to this report.

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Malory Archer

    Never could understand why they're called "assault weapons". They should be called what they are: close range weapons of mass destruction.

    April 3, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. don in albuquerque

    I will be surprised if there is ever a vote taken. Since when did congress do what the people want? That might mean an end to the payola.

    April 3, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. rs

    A fact: the Bush wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are ending. The generous weapons contracts are done. The NRA is trying to gin up a few hundred thousand gun sales for their industry. Stop being lead around by the nose- arming teachers is likely the single most foolish proposal in the land. Americans need to grow-up and get responsible about what it means to possess a tool with the purpose to kill. Sacrificing our children, and our security to the NRA- just so they can sell a few more guns for their benefactors makes no sense at all.

    April 3, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. Thomas

    Study just released, which CNN will of course never ever want to talk about or publish an article covering, just analzyed objective statistical data regarding gun violence in all 50 states and determined that the 10 states with the weakest gun laws suffer an aggregate level of gun violence and gun crime that is 104% HIGHER than the 10 states with the strictst gun laws. THE NUMBERS DON'T LIE. Don't be fooled by the myopic, tunnel-visioned MSM focus on inner cities etc. They only do that because the raw number is bigger, which is because the overall population is far far larger. What's important is the INCIDENCE RATE...i.e., your likelihood of suffering gun a particular state. The 10 winners on that measure:

    1) Louisiana
    2) Alaska
    3) Alabama
    4) Arizona
    5) Misssissippi
    6) South Carolina
    7) New Mexico
    8) Missouri
    9) Arkansas
    10) Georgia


    Those are the same states with the highest rates of Obesity and Diabetes .

    April 3, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. kneejerk

    Yeah! More gun laws! 90% Want it! CNN said so! I'm so open minded my brain fell out!

    April 3, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. Sniffit

    "Those are the same states with the highest rates of Obesity and Diabetes ."

    The trifecta of freedumb!

    April 3, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. The REAL TRUTH...

    Let's all just move forward with the NRA and accept 14,000+ gun deaths a year, plus events like Columbine, Aurora and Sandy Hook as collateral damage.

    April 3, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. Larry L

    @82nd ABN VET

    "There will be no banning of so called "assualt weapons". There will be no banning of so called "high capacity magazines".
    You are likely correct – not because Americans don't want reasonable controls but because politicians are gutless cowards and the gun lobby has deep pockets. The arrogant disdain shown by gun enthusiasts regarding the misuse of terminology has been the #1 defense used to resist change. Unusual that those who do not own weapons should be expected to understand the terminology. As a Soldier of 34 years, an avid hunter, amateur gunsmith, and collector of firearms I understand the terminology. I also know the 2nd Amendment does not specify the definition of an "organized militia", it does not identify the types of weapons described as "arms", and it most certainly does not give people the right to perform seditious, treasonous, or terrorist acts against the United States Government. Reasonable laws to control the distribution and ownership of weapons could be crafted if the fearful right-wing stopped believing their own ridiculous, unfounded sound-bites and came to the discussion table with sensible recommendations.

    April 3, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. sonny chapman

    Profiles In Courage.

    April 3, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    I see that once again Democrats are being led by the nose by the Republicans. They keep playing the Republican's game and losing badly at it. At this point in time, when Republicans are not going to let the type of sensible gun restrictions that the vast majority of Americans want, the goal should be to establish a paper trail. Establish voting records on the NRA political lackeys.

    Most of those against gun controls don't even have much of a voting record on gun controls to speak of. Make one for them. The President called for votes on gun controls, so go ahead and hold them. So what if you don't get 60 votes. The goal is to let the gun advocates stand tall with perfect NRA voting scores, so that they can brag about it. Give them as many chances to vote against sensible regulations as you can.

    Meanwhile, the time has come to turn supporting the NRA, or its' positoins, totally toxic. Make their perfect NRA scores a badge of dishonor.

    April 3, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. DustyOnes

    Snicker...the Dem's can't even get a majority in their own party.

    April 3, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  12. gg

    Total BS...... study just released? what study would that be? please enlighten us?

    People don't want more gun laws, they want the laws already on the books ENFORCED, plea bargains stopped, stop the early do the crime, you do ALL of the time!! Crack down on the repeat offenders and how about we do something about the PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS????????? NOW THAT"S A PLAN!!!

    April 3, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    The only thing this does is to make it harder for the average gun owner and law biding citizen. Nothing in any of these measures effects the criminal or the mentalily ill person who commits these crimes and are responsible. Would be nice to see the current laws on the books enforced, criminals prosecuted, less plea bargains and more jails and prisons. Focus on the real issues and quit harrassing the law biding gun owner who want nothing more than to protect himself or herself and their property. Frankly, I'm surprised the fire officials haven't figured out a way to cut down all the trees to prevent forest fires.

    April 3, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. Fair is Fair


    "almost nine of ten Americans supported universal background checks. "

    That's all you need to know.
    You seem to be a fairly intelligent guy, Sniffit... so tell me your thoughts. Should an American citizen be forced to surrender one constitutional right (the right to privacy) to be able to fulfill another (the right to bear arms)?

    April 3, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. pheloniusphish

    Thomas – Can you post a link to this latest and greatest study that you refer to? Always interesting to see who does a study and the data they used. You lies, damn lies, and statistics....

    Randy in NYC – the "vast majority" of Americans do not want more gun restrictions. Poll after poll has shown that for what polls are worth. No matter how many times you say it it won't make it true.

    April 3, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. Wildman

    There are currently more than 20,000 gun laws........for those who can't comprehend numbers, that's twenty thousand! Apparently, none of these are "common sense" gun laws because I have heard the common sense term repeatedly used throughout discussions regarding firearms, to justify more stupid gun laws. Therefore, what makes common sense? How about enforcing the laws we currently have and doing something about the lack of mental health screening?

    April 3, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. rs


    The only thing this does is to make it harder for the average gun owner and law biding citizen.

    April 3, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. rs

    You seem to be a fairly intelligent guy, Sniffit... so tell me your thoughts. Should an American citizen be forced to surrender one constitutional right (the right to privacy) to be able to fulfill another (the right to bear arms)?
    Where does this become about "privacy" or "surrendering rights"? Don't you think buying a gun at WalMart gets you on a mailing list? Worse- who regulates that data? The banks have your financial transaction. Do you think that data isn't stored? Get real!
    Worse, do you actually believe we are somehow better off living with 10s of thousands of needless deaths so that the 4% can parade about with their firearms? That having kids blown apart at school is somehow justified?
    That's nuts! Worse- you guys know this, but you'd rather look crazy than do something sensible or responsible.

    April 3, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. Linda Martin

    Congress keeps watering down the legislation until it has not punch. I like my drinks strong – let's contact our representatives and encourage them to say YES to making assault weapons illegal, YES to strong background checks, NO to using public funds to put guns into the hands of teachers or adding cops to patrol schools. Only public action will make the difference.

    April 3, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. rs

    "the "vast majority" of Americans do not want more gun restrictions"

    90% of Americans- that sounds "vast" to me, especially against Wayne's 4%.

    April 3, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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