posted on Mar, 6 2013 @ 11:38 PM
Senate Democrats set aside their effort Wednesday to win support from conservative Sen. Tom Coburn for requiring federal background checks for
nearly all gun purchases, at least temporarily hurting President Barack Obama's chances for pushing one of his top priorities through
Democrats' failure to resolve a final dispute with the Oklahoma Republican means they've lost a valuable ally, at least for now. Coburn has an
A-rating from the National Rifle Association and could have prompted backing from other Republicans and from moderate Democrats from GOP-leaning
states leery of alienating voters.
Well, it looks like the chances for Universal background checks have hit a wall. Last week, there was speculation that this legislation would stall,
and it has for the most part.
Some of the Democrats pushing for this say they will look for other Republicans that they hope will jump on.
The aide, who spoke only on condition of anonymity because the talks were private, said conversations with Coburn would continue. But it was clear
that Democrats' focus was shifting elsewhere.
Even though it looks like the new UBC bill wont be going through anytime soon, Schumer is going to attempt to pass a UBC he proposed a couple years
ago. Tomorrow, 4 bills will be voted on in the Senate Committee.
Lacking a deal with Coburn, one of the bills will be from Schumer, requiring nearly universal background checks resembling a measure he proposed
two years ago. It will lack some of the provisions he tentatively had agreed to with Coburn, such as an appeals mechanism for veterans barred from
obtaining guns because they have been formally declared to have serious mental difficulties.
Even though Coburn and other Republicans couldnt agree on this "new" UBC, does Schumer think his old UBC will get any more support? Either way, all
4 bills are expected to be voted out of committee, and will problably hit the Senate floor sometime in April.