McCain Key Player in Background Check Expansion

Elizabeth Sheld
25 Mar 2013

The Hill is reporting that John McCain (R-AZ), who has affixed his name to such legislation or proposed legislation as McCain-Feingold (CFR),  McCain-Kennedy (immigration) and McCain-Lieberman (climate change), is a key player in the quest to expand background check for gun purchasers.

Also “considering” signing on  are Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Dean Heller (R-NV).  The proposal contains some “compromises” such as letting “rural gun owners conduct background checks from their home computers. Another would give military veterans who have been declared mentally unfit to own a gun a process for appealing that finding.”…

…Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) is helping Chuck Schumer with the negotiations. “Manchin said he is shopping the proposal widely, but declined Friday to reveal his lobbying list. ‘Anybody and every one of them. I’m talking to everybody,’ he said when asked to identify targeted Republican senators.”

The bill should come to the senate floor some time in April.

Read the entire post at Breitbart’s InstaBlog.

Related: Senate votes 53-46 to stop US from joining UN Arms Trade Treaty

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced an amendment that would prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty in order to uphold the Second Amendment. His amendment passed on a 53-46 vote.

Republicans have been critical of President Obama’s decision to consider the treaty, although Obama has said he would not vote for anything that would violate the Second Amendment.

The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty would regulate international arms sales. Negotiations end on March 28.

“We’re negotiating a treaty that cedes our authority to have trade agreements with our allies in terms of trading arms,” Inhofe said. “This is probably the last time this year that you’ll be able to vote for your Second Amendment rights.”…


Update: NRA, Joe Manchin in talks on background checks

Sen. Joe Manchin and the National Rifle Association are quietly engaged in private talks on a proposal to broaden background checks on purchasers of firearms.

That the NRA is even talking with Manchin suggests there’s at least some room for negotiation for the group — despite its public posture against tougher gun laws, several sources say…

And, Federally Licensed Firearms Retailers Overwhelmingly Oppose “Universal” Background Checks

Update 2: Report: GOP Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee Ready to Filibuster Democrats’ Gun Control Push in the U.S. Senate

Update 3Pryor: ‘I don’t take gun advice from the Mayor of New York City’



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