The only vote so far in this Congress on gun restrictions would impose tougher penalties for firearms trafficking, a measure that wouldn’t have prevented the Dec. 14 shootings at a Connecticut elementary school.
Representative Mike Thompson predicted legislation to expand background checks for firearms purchases will pass both chambers of the U.S. Congress, and urged “responsible gun owners” to speak out in support.
A coalition of House Republicans is willing to thwart the National Rifle Association’s opposition to broadening background checks for U.S. gun purchases. That may be President Barack Obama’s best chance for advancing tougher gun regulations this year.
Vice President Joe Biden said he sees a growing consensus for universal background checks for gun buyers and a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines, giving a preview of some policies he’ll recommend to President Barack Obama early next week.
U.S. Senate Republicans said bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines aren’t the proper response to the Dec. 14 killing of 20 elementary school children and six adults in Newtown, Connecticut.