The Democrat led Senate Judiciary Committee has four gun-control bills on its agenda today.
Besides expanding background checks, the other measures would ban
assault weapons and ammunition magazines carrying more than 10 rounds,
make gun trafficking and the purchase of firearms for people barred from
owning them federal crimes, and provide more money for schools to buy
video cameras and other safety equipment.
The measures will go before the full Senate in April, but they are expected to pass in the committee today. Of the bills, expanding background checks is believed to be the strongest while the assault weapon ban, the weakest.
Senate Democrats are trying to make a deal with more conservative members like Tom Coburn (R-OK) to increase chances of their bills passing the House. So far Coburn is not having it.