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Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA) (R) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) speak to the press in Washington DC on April 10, 2013 about their proposal to expand background checks to firearms sales at gun shows and on the Internet.
Senators may be close to a compromise on some gun control issues. In the aftermath of the Newtown massacre, President Obama has made gun control a priority of his second term, but has met resistance from pro-gun Republicans. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that he will force a vote on a package of proposals from the Obama administration, despite threats of a filibuster from some Republicans.
Talks involving senators Joe Manchin (D) and Pat Toomey (R) have focused on the compromise of background checks, and senators are optimistic that enough Republicans will vote with Democrats to prevent a filibuster. Senators would then be able to consider individual proposals and measures in the package, including expanded background checks touger trafficking laws, and bans on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines.
Will senators be able to reach a compromise on gun control? Is focusing on individual aspects of the issue the best way to pass legislation? What will happen in the event of a Republican filibuster?
Heidi Pryzbyla, Congressional Reporter for Bloomberg News
Adam Winkler, Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law
Michael Hammond, Legal Counsel for the Gun Owners of America