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Senate panel passes background checks for gun owners

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Jackie Kucinich
USA Today
March 12, 2013

WASHINGTON – A Senate panel on Tuesday approved a bill enhancing background checks on prospective gun owners, but the measure is expected to be retooled to get bipartisan support on the floor.

The measure by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., passed on a party-line 10-8 vote in the Judiciary Commitee. Schumer said he is working with Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., to change the bill.

The legislation is one of several bills being considered by the Judiciary Committee, all aimed at addressing mass shootings like the one at a Connecticut elementary school that left 20 children and six adults dead on Dec. 14.

Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said he expects the panel to move three measures by the end of the week, including a proposed ban on assault weapons and limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines.

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