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Now in the push for gun control legislation senate majority leader Harry Reid.
Is expected to bring a gun control bill to the senate floor that will include a controversial expansion of background checks for private firearms sales.
The moos shows Democrats intend to take an aggressive approach in the effort to broaden the checks but.
Will they get the support they need.
To get that bill passed let's talk about a -- Bob Cusack managing editor at bay hill Harry Reid.
Did not submit any kind of assault weapons ban in the legislation that he's talking about.
He is fairly silent about that except to say that it just doesn't have the support.
That's right John I mean Democrats.
May have waited too long to move this bill Republicans who were -- it.
In getting a deal earlier this year they're not as interested now and will -- bill passed the senate yes but it won't have the assault weapon ban.
A background checks doesn't have the votes right now sir Charles Schumer is trying to get a deal with Republicans but so far that's been elusive -- That and remember that the house has to act as well so that's probably going to be.
A build -- has Obama doesn't like so you know the you have to take advantage.
Political momentum and Democrats of last couple months haven't got a lot.
Dawn on guns and the clock is -- Well why why can't Chuck Schumer find a Republican co sponsor for that legislation.
Well you know the National Rifle Association kind of stumbled right out of the gates.
They had some missteps and there are lobbying efforts but but since that time.
They have those seemingly gotten the upper hand on present Obama and Republicans remember half of the congress has an a rating.
More than half the congress has a -- from the NRA so.
I mean some Republicans are nervous about getting primary should they join up with Democrats.
Well but Joseph Biden who has been leading -- -- White House's push.
For gun control legislation had this to say regarding the senate it must be awful to be in public office and concluding.
That even though you might believe you should take action that you can't take action because of the political consequences.
You may face.
Isn't that represented in government I mean if if these senators and representatives are voting the way they think their constituents want.
That's what they should do.
Well -- now that's that's right and every senator and every house that was gonna make up their own mind.
-- -- -- -- here and the the White House knew from the get go that it was not gonna get the assault -- and they thought they can get some type of background checks and that is gonna be in the bill.
When the senate brings it to the floor but it doesn't have the sixty votes right now and that's why Schumer is trying to get Republican cosponsor and -- just had doesn't have.
One that that is an a rating from the NRA.
So why not let the states take the lead I mean Colorado and New York have passed fairly high profile gun control legislation New York's gonna gonna have to go back and doctor there is some because there are a number of mistakes and it apparently.
Yeah well I think that's what some Republicans are gonna say house Republicans say.
That they are open to moving some type of bill that would keep guns out of the mentally ill that's their focus -- the mentally ill they also say remind that.
The public that the Connecticut had very strict gun laws but yet you still had the tragedy.
In Connecticut so.
Yeah it we -- Democrats just have to -- have to move this very quickly congress is going to be going on a two week recess.
And then Democrats are gonna have to move this bill I think move it quickly or it it could get weaker.
As it goes along and then of course the president's gonna have to get involvement and -- -- have to do something.
Also worth noting that in Newtown where in the shooting took place the applications for gun permits jumped significantly.
In in the weeks and and months after the shooting.
That is so it sounds like the senate is just may mean far left -- or beaten somewhat to the left of the.
That didn't think he is going to be the background checks if -- can get a Republican.
They're going to be able to claim victory but if they don't get the background checks and a Democrat for comment the sweet spot.
Of this gun violence movement so.
And then it's going to be tough spot for the gun control activists do they support a bill.
That is relatively weak compared to what President Obama was calling for -- -- they just take what they can get movement.
And and Harry Reid isn't gonna get his assault weapons ban as we started up by saying.
Bob Cusack from the hill thank you backed up.
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