Gun control debate: A sampling of recent bills proposed across the U.S.

Published: Thursday, March 28 2013 7:36 a.m. MDT

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Although Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid effectively stopped Sen. Dianne Feinstein's assault weapons ban from seeing the light of day, gun control legislation that includes a proposal for universal background checks appears to be moving forward.

The bill, according to Reid, will include provisions on background checks, school safety and gun trafficking. He also promised that amendments, including ones that push for a ban on assault weapons, limits to high-capacity magazines and mental health provisions, will receive votes.

The foundation of the bill is provided by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who has included a provision that requires records to be kept of all gun sales in the nation.

According to The Atlantic Wire, the Senate will likely vote on three elements: a measure to increase penalties for illegal gun sales, increased funding for school protection and universal background checks. Background checks are likely to be the sticking point, The Huffington Post reported, with the two largest Senate players — Schumer and Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. — disagreeing over how the checks would be conducted and whether records would be kept of firearm transactions.

Charles C.W. Cooke, writing at National Review, said Schumer's S. 374, "Protecting Responsible Gun Sellers Act of 2013," represents "a direct blow to Americans' right to keep and bear arms without excessive government interference."

According to Cooke's reading of the bill, a gun owner would be committing a felony if he or she leaves his firearm with a roommate or landlord, etc., for more than seven days. It would also, Cooke said, make it illegal to lend a gun to a friend so he or she could go shooting, impact the sharing of guns on hunting trips and give individuals 24 hours in which to report the theft or loss of a weapon.
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kearns, UT

At last, a voice of reason. Thank you Mike Calhoon.

kearns, UT

Even 40 votes is to many for this hate bill.

Mcallen, TX

Debate? No! It's government disarming it's citizens, and gaining control.

History will bare this out.

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