Gun Control: A Capitol Debate

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  • Baby Steps
  • The Sandy Hook Factor
  • Down to Basics
  • First Up at Bat
  • Obama Says
  • Ammunition Background Check
  • Gun Trafficking
  • Assault Weapons Ban
  • School Safety
  • Sounds Like a Threat
  • In the House
  • Like Rwanda?
  • Targeting Mitch McConnell
  • #Nowisthetime

Down to Basics

S. 649, or the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013, requires background checks for all firearm sales, prohibits straw purchases of firearms and expands the school safety-grant program. More controversial measures, such as bans on assault weapons and an ammunitions background check system, will be offered as amendments to help ensure passage of the base legislation. Expectations for passage: good.

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