U.S. Senators Hope to Revive Bills on Gun Background Checks, Trafficking


Talks to revive gun control legislation are under way in the U.S. Senate as a bipartisan group of senators seeks a way to bridge the differences that led to last week's collapse of the most serious effort to overhaul federal gun laws in 20 years, reports the New York Times. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WVA) and Patrick Toomey (R-PA), have been talking about how they could persuade more senators to support their bill to expand background checks for gun buyers, which drew backing from only four Republicans last week. They need to tweak the language to satisfy senators who believe that background checks on person-to-person gun sales would be too onerous for people who live in rural areas far from a sporting goods store. A separate anti-trafficking bill is the subject of talks between Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and two Republican senators who voted no on the background check bill, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Charles Grassley of Iowa.

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