House Delays Gun Vote Amid Conservative Opposition

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House Republican leaders’ plan to hold a vote on a gun-control bill this week is on hold as they determine whether they have enough support to pass a broader package of counterterrorism measures, reports the Washington Post.

GOP leaders announced last week that they planned to hold a vote as soon as today on legislation that would prevent suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms if the government can prove within three business days that there is probable cause to believe they have terrorist ties or sympathies. The plans for a vote encountered resistance from some Republican members who are pressing for amendments to the package. “What we’re trying to do is gain the consensus of a majority of the people,” said Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Tx.), whose panel postponed a meeting to set parameters for debating the bill. “My job is to take and pass things, not just get things up and debate them.”

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