Senate nears gun debate, background checks pivotal - ABC6 - Providence, RI and New Bedford, MA News, Weather

Senate nears gun debate, background checks pivotal

Posted: Updated:

By News Staff

news@abc6.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/abc6

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress returns Monday from a two-week spring recess with gun control and immigration high on the Senate's agenda.        

Senators could start debating Democratic-written gun legislation before week's end. But leaders also might decide to give negotiators more time to seek a deal on expanding background checks for firearms buyers.

The expanded background checks would be viewed as a victory for gun control advocates after Democratic leaders made it clear that supporters were nowhere close to getting a majority of votes in favor of reinstituting an assault weapons ban.        

Both measures have been a priority for President Barack Obama since the December killings of students and staff at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

The National Rifle Association opposes both the assault weapons ban and the expanded background checks.

Powered by WorldNow

10 Orms Street Providence, R.I. 02904
401-453-8000

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WLNE.
All Rights Reserved.

For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.