Congressional Democrats, White House Work to Revive Background-Check Bill


The White House and congressional Democrats have renewed their push for gun legislation months after it was defeated in the Senate, amid talks on a new background-check measure that advocates hope could change enough votes from no to yes, the New York Times reports. “The bill that passes the Senate must have background checks, and not a watered-down version of background checks,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), flanked by the families of Newtown school shooting victims. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said a new version of the gun bill would likely enhance prosecutions of those who violate existing gun laws and further clarify that new legislation could not lead to a national database of guns or gun ownership. Other Democrats said the defeated background check measure would probably be amended to exempt more rural sales and person-to-person sales from mandatory checks.

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