Democrats Double Down on Gun Control Measures

Democrats Double Down on Gun Control Measures

( – Democrats appear eager to push through a wish-list of bills that have backed up over the last few years now that Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has replaced Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as Senate Majority Leader. McConnell did an outstanding job of holding off Senate consideration of overreaching bills passed by the House of Representatives during his tenure as Majority Leader.

Emboldened by their new-found ability to get a hearing in the Senate, Democrats passed two gun control measures on Thursday, March 11.

The first bill would mandate background checks for all sales and transfers of firearms. That bill passed by a vote of 227 to 203, with a total of 8 Republicans voting for the bill and 1 Democrat opposing it.

The second bill would expand the background check period for all gun purchases from 3 days to 10. Like the first bill, it passed along party lines 219 to 210, with 2 Republicans voting for the bill and 2 Democrats against it.

With the Senate split 50/50, neither bill is likely to pass because 60 votes are necessary to break the anticipated filibuster. It’s been more than two decades since any meaningful gun legislation has passed into law.

Do you think Democrats will be successful in imposing stricter gun control measures?

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