(Washington Post) Yesterday, Harry Reid put out a statement declaring that the gun bill that he moves to the Senate floor will contain expanded background checks. "Any bill that passes the Senate must include background checks," Reid said, laying down an unequivocal marker.
That's good. Here's more: Discussions with Senator Tom Coburn, who is seen as key to getting background checks passed, are back on again after previously falling apart, according to sources familiar with the talks. And Senate Democrats have made Coburn a new compromise offer.
Coburn today publicly reiterated his position that he supports expanding background checks to cover private sales but cannot accept any additional record keeping on those sales. However, behind the scenes discussions are continuing.
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