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Thu Mar 21, 2013, 06:22 PM

Gun control forces push for background checks

Source: AP-Excite

By ALAN FRAM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he will include a requirement for expanded background checks for firearms buyers in a gun control bill the Senate debates next month.

The Nevada Democrat says he hopes that during Congress' upcoming two-week break, senators will reach compromise on background check language with bipartisan support.

If not, Reid says in a statement that the Senate will vote on a stricter measure expanding the checks to virtually all private gun transactions, with few exceptions.

President Barack Obama and many gun control advocates consider an expansion of background checks the strongest step lawmakers could take to reduce firearms violence.

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Read more: http://apnews.excite.com/article/20130321/DA55NRCO1.html

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Mar 21, 2013, 06:28 PM

1. Reid will 'move the bill, starting tonight'


VIDEO here: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/msnbc-reports-victory-for-gun-control-advocates-in-new-gun-bill-theyll-get-the-fight-that-they-want/

On the heels of MSNBC host Chris Matthews’ Wednesday broadcast in which he repeatedly urged his viewers to call Congress and ask their legislators to support gun control legislation, The Huffington Post reporter Sam Stein reported Thursday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will present a bill to his colleagues on gun control tonight. Calling it a “victory for gun control advocates,” Stein said that it was likely that a measure for increased background checks for firearms purchasers will be put before the Senate.

“I’m told reliably that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will move a bill, starting tonight, in that it will have background checks in the base component of it, which means it won’t be offered as an amendment,” Stein reported. “That’s a victory for gun control advocates.”

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Mar 21, 2013, 06:33 PM

2. The main thing is that if you're going to expand NICS checks, you've got to do it right

Virginia Tech happened because a mental health counselor withheld crucial information from the NICS process, keeping it stored at his home instead. This cannot be allowed to continue.

Someone has to watch the watchmen. Hopefully that will figure into the proposed expansions.

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Response to derby378 (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 21, 2013, 07:30 PM

3. Agree absolutely.

I support Universal Background Checks. I say pass a Universal Background Check law, including Mental Health Reporting. Amend HIPAA as needed, And then make enough available funds to states, so there is no excuse for not reporting violations, or prosecuting, and jailing the hell of Straw Buyers, or felons who attempt to buy guns.

Of course Congress has the perpetual habit of "We MUST do something!" Or at least SEEN "To be doing something", while not actually funding the law they just passed.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Mar 21, 2013, 08:38 PM

4. Since this idea has a lot of support from gun owners it should have an excellent chance ...

to become law.

The only real problem I can see is that it might place a burden on those who live in extremely rural areas but this problem can probably be addressed.

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