The Hill article The Senate is set to begin debate on gun control legislation Friday, but the fight over gun control has already begun.
The House of Representatives passed a measure Thursday to require background checks for anyone who wants to buy a gun, but it stalled last month in the Senate, which also voted to pass the legislation.
The measure is still being debated, but President Trump has already declared it dead.
“There is no longer any reason for a debate on the matter of gun control,” Trump tweeted Thursday.
“Gun control is dead!”
Republicans in both chambers voted against the measure, which would have imposed a two-year waiting period on gun purchases, a $5,000 tax credit for firearm buyers, and limits on the amount of ammunition that could be bought.
“If we fail to act, the President will be forced to take action himself,” said Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who introduced the bill.
“The American people deserve to have their Second Amendment rights protected, and I urge Congress to act promptly to ensure our Second Amendment freedoms are protected and upheld.”
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.
Va.) also voted against it, and Sen. Cory Booker (D/N.J.) did not.
“In light of the tragic events in Orlando, the Senate voted to take up and pass the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.
This legislation is an important step to protect our Second Amendments rights, but we must pass it and send it to President Trump for signature.
It’s critical that this legislation is taken up in a timely fashion to ensure that our Second AMMRA protections are upheld,” Booker said in a statement Thursday.
The president is also expected to sign the measure Thursday, which is expected to garner support from some Republicans.
But gun control advocates say the bill is already dead in the House.
“We have not seen a single Republican vote against the bill since the Senate passed it, which makes it unlikely that we’ll see any significant movement on this legislation from Republicans,” the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence’s executive director, Jamie Fellner, told The Hill.
“This is a longshot.
I think it’s going to die in the lame duck session.
We have seen Republicans oppose legislation on gun rights and gun control before.”
Sen, Joe Manchino (D), is the most likely Republican to support the bill, according to The Hill, although he has not officially announced his position.
If Manchinos Senate vote falls short, it will likely trigger the next big test for Republicans: a showdown with Democratic leaders.
After several months of gridlock, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D) has signaled that he plans to call for an open debate on guns.
“I think this is the first time in a long time that we’re going to have a serious conversation about gun control.
I don’t think anybody’s done it,” Schumer told reporters on Wednesday.
“But I think we’ve got to get out of this place, because the NRA and the gun lobby have been pushing this for years.”
“This will be the most significant gun-control bill in a generation.
And we will do everything in our power to defeat it,” the New York senator added.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has been calling for a nationwide “Saturday Night Massacre” to address the issue, and the Vermont senator told reporters Wednesday that he expects to reintroduce the legislation in the next few days.
But some Democrats are wary of a bill that includes a background check requirement, while others say the legislation doesn’t go far enough.
“Our problem is not gun control in the sense of waiting for the president to do something,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D–Calif.) told reporters Thursday.
But the Brady Center to Prevent Handgun Violence has warned that a background-check bill would not prevent “gun massacres” that happen in the wake of mass shootings, and it has urged lawmakers to consider a ban on assault weapons.
“When the President signs an assault weapons ban, it is the gun manufacturers that will have to make these weapons legal, which will make the industry stronger,” Brady said in the statement.
“It is not the American people who will suffer.”
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