Gun talks hit a snag in Senate over background checks

Posted March 05, 2013, at 6:59 a.m.

The Hill, a newspaper that covers Congress, reports Tuesday morning, “The centerpiece of President Obama’s gun violence agenda is in peril amid a deadlock among Senate negotiators over how to implement and enforce a proposal requiring background checks for private gun sales.”

The key negotiators on the legislation, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), remain in talks about moving the bill forward, but Coburn has expressed concern that the background checks “could lead to a national gun registry, which gun rights groups staunchly oppose,” The Hill reports.

The legislation looked as if it would move forward Monday, after Republican Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Mark Kirk (Ill.) said they had reached a deal with Democrats to give law enforcement greater authority to prosecute gun trafficking.

For the complete story, please see The Hill story here.

 

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