Reid: We're Going to Break Gun Filibuster on Thursday
Democrats think they have the votes to start Senate debate on gun laws
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 9, 2013 7:06 PM CDT
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks with reporters following a Democratic strategy session at the Capitol on Tuesday.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Harry Reid set the first showdown vote in Congress on President Obama's gun-control drive for Thursday as a small but growing number of Republicans appear willing to buck a conservative effort to prevent debate from even beginning. "We're moving forward on this bill," said Reid. In a hopeful sign for Democrats, at least five Republican senators have indicated a willingness to oppose the conservatives' attempt to block debate with stalling tactics.

"The American people ought to see where everybody stands on this," said Sen. Tom Coburn, a Republican. A Senate vote to begin debating the guns package would mark a temporary victory for Obama and his allies. But some Republicans, though eager to avoid blocking debate on the plan, could well vote against the measure's final passage. Talks were still under way between Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Sen. Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania aimed at finding a compromise on expanding background checks.

Copyright 2016 Newser, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. AP contributed to this report.

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Reid: We're Going to Break Gun Filibuster on Thursday is...
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Showing 3 of 163 comments
Apr 10, 2013 10:27 AM CDT
Apr 10, 2013 8:30 AM CDT
I will just end it with this. YES... we are coming for your assault rifles YES.... your background will be checked if you want a hand gun NO.... we will not compromise on that cos too many innocents have died from psychos and assault rifles Sure , hand guns are used in crime but a lot of it is gang violence which is a totally different monster. Mass killings with automatic weapons can be prevented.
Apr 10, 2013 8:06 AM CDT
Oh and by the way, universal background checks are not an infringement of your rights... Please... Wow. They are just common sense. What are you trying to hide anyway??