Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Gun Control Debate Begins in Washington

Gun Control Debate Begins in Washington, The most important gun control debate since 1994 is set to begin on the senate floor in Washington this morning, as congress will consider Senate Bill 649, "The Safe Communities and Schools Act of 2013," for the first time.

In it's initial form, the legislation seeks to ban the private sale of firearms without a federal background check, however, the National Rifle Association is reporting that the introduction ammendments banning semiautomatic assault rifles and high capacity magazines are "likely." Primary bill sponsors include Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

All eyes will be on Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), whose assault weapons ban portion was initially removed from S. Bill 649 out of fear it lacked support to pass as such. She has stated that she may attempt to reinsert it by way of ammendment. Today marks the beginning of deliberations only. The bill is currently not scheduled for a vote until April 30th.

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