Hope for Tighter Gun Laws Still Alive in Senate
Two different efforts 'quietly' underway, says NYT
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2013 4:07 PM CDT
Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, D-W.Va., left, and Sen. Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., in a photo from April 10.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – The push for stricter gun laws might not be quite so dead after all in the Senate. The New York Times reports that efforts are "quietly" underway to get something done on background checks and illegal trafficking. Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey, the co-sponsors of the background-check bill that got yanked last week, say they have been talking to colleagues to get rid of some objectionable loopholes. One potential compromise would allow a person who lives in a rural area to sell a weapon to someone without having to find a sporting goods store to facilitate.

A separate initiative to crack down on illegal trafficking, which includes buying a weapon for someone who can't legally own one, is being spearheaded by Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand and Republicans Kelly Ayotte and Chuck Grassley. The latter two voted against last week's measure, and Ayotte in particular has been taking criticism back home in New Hampshire. That might get worse: Gun-control supporters are working on a national campaign to put pressure on those in the "no" camp. Meanwhile, a new Quinnipiac poll in Pennsylvania gives Republican Toomey the highest approval ratings he's ever had: 48%, reports Slate.

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cornelison
Apr 30, 2013 12:06 AM CDT
More and more guns are being bought by the fewest Americans and possibly future terrorists. If that doesn't scare you it makes America a more dangerous place to live.
right2dave
Apr 29, 2013 5:58 PM CDT
Sure it is?
1492
Apr 29, 2013 3:14 PM CDT
Guns do not pull their own triggers. Idjiots do. Get rid of the Idjiots, leave the guns alone. They are innocent until an idjiot gets a hold of one. Even if fired, they are the innocent by stander. Pass a law that when an idjiot kills someone, the idjiot automatically gets death sentence within 24 hours to be carried out within 6 months. 1942