Friday, April 26, 2013

Times: Newly Revived Gun Control Effort Already in the Works on Capitol Hill

Posted By on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 9:51 AM

With the understanding that the Brady Bill - considered the most important piece of federal gun control legislation to date - took several attempts before the U.S. Congress before ultimately passing, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is already seeking a new path to resuscitate new firearms restrictions which collapsed on Capitol Hill last week.

This morning's New York Times reports that a group of Congress members from both parties are working on a new two-pronged strategy: "First, they are identifying senators who might be willing to change their votes and support a background check system with fewer loopholes. Second, they are looking to build a national campaign that would better harness overwhelming public support for universal background checks."

Many national polls put public support for tighter background checks at near 90 pecent approval.

According to the Times, two Republicans, Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Charles Grassley of Iowa - who both voted no on last week's background check bill - are "discussing ways they might support" a new bill, which would criminalize the shipping or transfer of guns to someone who is barred from possessing a firearm.

Ayotte has become the target of gun control proponents of late, who according to the Times "have inundated local newspapers with letters to the editor denouncing her vote, run radio ads saying 'she ignored the will of the people' and swamped her office with phone calls."

During next week's Congressional recess, gun control groups say they will be fanning out across the country in dozens of demonstrations at the offices of senators who voted down the background check bill.

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