Push for Broader Gun Checks Stalls

An effort by Democratic senators to get significant Republican support…

An effort by Democratic senators to get significant Republican support for expanding background checks of gun purchasers has hit snags, in another sign that firearm-control legislation is likely to focus on a handful of narrower measures that enjoy bipartisan support.

Nearly three months after the mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the Senate Judiciary Committee will take up four gun-control bills at a session Thursday. The bills include measures with bipartisan backing, including cracking down on people buying guns for others who aren’t allowed to do so and improving school safety.

Broader steps—such as limiting the capacity of gun magazines or banning certain military-style semiautomatic weapons—have little support among Republicans in the Senate and face further resistance in the GOP-controlled House.

Even background checks for private firearm sales such as those at gun shows—an area thought to be ripe for consensus—are proving slippery. Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Charles Schumer of New York, both Democrats, and Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois have spent weeks trying to reach a deal with GOP Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, but they couldn’t do so in time for the Thursday committee session.

Read more at The Wall Street Journal

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