I just read on Fox News that there are four US Senators who are trying to strike a “compromise” on gun control. The private discussions involve:
- Democratic Senator Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, who is the No. 3 Senate Democratic leader. The NRA has given Senator Schumer an “F Rating” when it comes to protecting the 2nd Amendment.
- Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, an NRA member and one of the chamber’s more moderate Democrats.
- Republican Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma, another NRA member and one of the more conservative lawmakers in Congress
- Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois. Fox News called him a moderate, but he is not moderate when it comes to Gun Control. He is ready to vote for most any Bill the Senate brings to increase Gun Control. The NRA has given Senator Kirk an “F Rating” when it comes to protecting the 2nd Amendment.
The deal, given a good chance by several participants and lobbyists, could add formidable political momentum to one of the key elements of President Obama’s gun control plan. Currently, background checks are required only for sales by the nation’s 55,000 federally licensed gun dealers, but not for gun shows, person-to-person sales or other private transactions.
The senators’ talks have included discussions about ways to encourage states to make more mental health records available to the national system and the types of transactions that might be exempted from background checks, such as sales among relatives or to those who have permits to carry concealed weapons, said people who spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to describe the negotiations publicly. Read more Here.