Democrats Most Likely Don’t Have Enough Votes to Get Background Check Bill out of Senate
According Swampland.time.com, it is unlikely that Democrats will have the votes to overcome a filibuster in the Senate, yet alone pass a bill through the Republican controlled House.
From time.com, But Democratic sources tell TIME that the tough background check bill that emerged from the Judiciary Committee March 12, doesn’t appear to have the votes to overcome a filibuster when it comes to the Senate floor in the next week or two, let alone get through the Republican controlled House. The push by Obama and his allies, including a $12 million ad buy by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, appears only to have highlighted the fact that any bill that includes paper records for all private sales can’t pass Congress.
This doesn’t mean that Democrats are giving up for this session though. Secondary bills are also being prepared. It seems that Democrats are determined to get some form of gun control passed this year and will take whatever they can get.
Perhaps the greatest sign that the push for tougher legislation has failed is that Democrats are quietly preparing a fall back position. Behind the scenes staffers for Republican Senator Tom Coburn and Democrat Charles Schumer are drafting a substitute background check bill that would be softer, but could get broad Republican support. “Lines of communication remain open and both sides are working in good faith to come to an agreement,” says one source close to the deal.
Even the normally less than gun friendly ACLU has said they have issues regarding privacy concerns over the bill. There are also provisions that could make felons out of otherwise law abiding gun owners who fail to report a stolen gun within 24 hours that is likely to not sit too well with the general public.