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April 01, 2013
Senate to Work on Compromise Over Background Checks for Gun Sales - 2

When Congress returns from its spring recess on April 8, the Senate will be confronted with three gun control bills that seek to broadly expand background checks on gun sales, improve school safety and to strengthen penalties for gun trafficking and “straw purchases” of guns.
                
Of the three, the proposal to require background checks for private firearms transactions -- Senate Bill 374; New York Sen. Charles Schumer's "Fix Gun Checks Act of 2013" -- has fostered heated debate between gun control proponents and wary gun owners.
               
The primary point of contention is Schumer's insistence that the federal government retain records for all private gun sales, admitting it’s the only way a truly uniform background check system could be effective. However, such record-keeping is prohibited by the 1986 Firearms Protection Act, which requires the FBI to destroy any record of a successful background check within 24 hours.
               
With his "Fix Gun Checks Act of 2013" facing certain stalemate and a GOP filibuster that could bury it before reaching the Senate floor, Politico.com reports that Schumer is working with Sens. Joe Manchin (D., W.V.) and Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) on a bipartisan compromise.
               
Failing compromise, Sen. Charles Grassley (R., Iowa), the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced on March 28 that he will present "alternative legislation" to Schumer's bill when the Senate returns in April.
               
Grassley, who voted against Schumer's bill in committee, is expected to propose a bill that excludes the new record-keeping requirements imposed in the "Fix Gun Checks Act of 2013."
               
According to Politico.com, such a proposal "could provide cover for moderate Democrats from more conservative states looking to back some sort of bill not vehemently opposed by the NRA or other political heavyweights. It could also help firm up GOP opposition to more expansive legislation including background checks."

For more, go to:
-- Grassley Plans to Offer Gun Bill
               
-- Gun control debate intensifies as Grassley crafts new bill
               
-- How The NRA Can Still Lose The Gun Debate
               
-- GOP senators fear a debate on gun legislation
               
-- Chuck Grassley writing alternative Senate gun bill
               
-- There Is A GOP-Sponsored Gun-Control Bill In The Works

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 2 weeks ago

I will be looking forward to what Sen Grassley has to offer and see if Schumer can get any decent compromise legislation out of Manchin and Coburn. I would be against any type of background check that includes registration. Shumer should have known better but what do you expect from a NY Democrat.

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from jjas wrote 1 year 2 weeks ago

This whole mess is just one more hurdle for legal gun buyers/sellers to have to jump through.

The people who lie on their 4473 forms now are rarely prosecuted...so why add yet another layer of unenforced laws?

(Other than law abiding citizens) does anyone really think that private sellers are going to take their guns to gun shops for background check? What about guns manufactured before the date the new law takes effect? How would the government be able to prove that a private sale of those firearms occured anytime after the effective date of the legislation?

All this amounts to is more "feel good" legislation that makes people that oppose firearms ownership that the lawmakers in Washington "did something" to try and stop gun crimes for occuring.

I have an idea....why not enforce the gun laws on the books now and quit releasing violent criminals from prison?

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from jjas wrote 1 year 2 weeks ago

This whole mess is just one more hurdle for legal gun buyers/sellers to have to jump through.

The people who lie on their 4473 forms now are rarely prosecuted...so why add yet another layer of unenforced laws?

(Other than law abiding citizens) does anyone really think that private sellers are going to take their guns to gun shops for background check? What about guns manufactured before the date the new law takes effect? How would the government be able to prove that a private sale of those firearms occured anytime after the effective date of the legislation?

All this amounts to is more "feel good" legislation that makes people that oppose firearms ownership that the lawmakers in Washington "did something" to try and stop gun crimes for occuring.

I have an idea....why not enforce the gun laws on the books now and quit releasing violent criminals from prison?

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 2 weeks ago

I will be looking forward to what Sen Grassley has to offer and see if Schumer can get any decent compromise legislation out of Manchin and Coburn. I would be against any type of background check that includes registration. Shumer should have known better but what do you expect from a NY Democrat.

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