Coburn’s Block May Change Strategy for Gun Bill

By Elana Schor

One Democratic leader suggested Tuesday that a gun-purchasing measure prioritized after the April shootings at Virginia Tech may move forward despite the objections of Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who recently blocked a push to fast-track the bill to passage.

Shepherded to the floor by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), the bill would provide grant money to states to expand the national database that gun dealers use for background checks. Coburn objected to unanimous passage of the bill last week, protesting its price tag and potential effect on veterans who buy guns.

Schumer, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and other Democrats are aiming for targeted changes that would resolve Coburn’s concerns, but the Democrats’ caucus vice chairman appeared open Tuesday to trying another approach. Read more…

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