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Gun talks hit a snag in Senate over universal background checks
Posted By admin On March 5, 2013 @ 11:35 am In U.S. News | Comments Disabled
The Hill 
March 5, 2013
The centerpiece of President Obama’s gun violence agenda is in peril amid a deadlock among Senate negotiators over how to implement and enforce a proposal requiring background checks for private gun sales.
With time running out for talks, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) remains optimistic about reaching an agreement.
But gun control proponents have grown skeptical about whether Schumer’s main Republican counterpart, Sen. Tom Coburn (Okla.), is acting in good faith.
Schumer argues — and gun control groups agree — that records must be kept to ensure background checks are conducted before private transactions. Otherwise, any expansion of background checks would be unenforceable, they assert.
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