McCain on gun control: Most of the Senate will support universal background checks

posted at 5:31 pm on February 18, 2013 by Allahpundit

No surprise but newsworthy insofar as I think this is the first time a Republican as prominent as McCain has talked openly about some new form of gun control passing Congress. If you’re not sure what he means when he refers to the plan Coburn and Schumer are working on, read this. They’re going to close the “gun-show loophole” but carve out exceptions for family transfers and maybe for people who’ve already been vetted for concealed carry. How many votes will there be for that? Well, they’ll start at 58: Coburn and Mark Kirk are part of the group that’s working on a compromise bill and McCain’s already hinting that he’s a yes, so add those three to the Democrats’ 55 (no Dem would dare oppose a measure that might complicate Obama’s “Republican obstructionism” message on gun control). Collins and Murkowski are always gimmes on big bipartisan initiatives too, so there you go — 60 votes for cloture, although there’s bound to be many, many more than that. Follow the last link for your reminder that expanded background checks is the one gun-control measure that polls fantastically well across party lines. Even Lindsey Graham, who needs to protect his right flank in case of a primary challenge in South Carolina next year, is open to some form of new background checks albeit not the Democratic plan. You might see a majority of House Republicans vote no, partly as a symbolic rejection of further gun-control regulations and partly to distinguish themselves from the squishy RINOs in the Senate for the benefit of red-district voters, but it’s going to pass that chamber too with bipartisan support. When push comes to shove, I think Boehner would rather violate the “Hastert Rule” and push this thing through with mostly Democratic votes than risk handing Obama a potential weapon for 2014 by rejecting something that even many Senate Republicans support.

Exit question: What’s the over/under on Senate votes? 85?

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I have a letter from Sen Donnelly (D-INDIANA) stating that he would oppose any new gun control laws.

southsideironworks on February 19, 2013 at 8:15 AM

He has a (D) after his name. It’s not worth the paper it’s printed on.

(Precedent: I’m sure Bart Stupak’s constituents had similar letters.)

makattak on February 19, 2013 at 8:59 AM

They will not stop until they control everything we own, or tax everything we do. When that is accomplished, they will want to tax the air we breathe. The looney left media will be astonished they get no exemptions. Expect to see a wall built around DC before they ever get around to building one on the border.

Kissmygrits on February 19, 2013 at 10:24 AM

My fellow Americans, it’s coming. Hold your firearms as close as you hold those you love. If anyone from the government tries to come on my property and confiscate my guns, my lawn will be full of daisies come the next spring.

Resistance IS patriotic!!


RandallinHerndon on February 19, 2013 at 10:36 AM

I’m not sure who pisses me off more: McCain or his big mouthed never shuts the f*ck up blonde haired bimbo of a daughter!!! I think the VC got to him during his time in captivity.

RandallinHerndon on February 19, 2013 at 10:38 AM

The background check is the first step in confiscation. It is also unconstitutional. The supreme of The land does not provide for any registration, background check, type or kind or arms, when or where
We can or can not bear arms or any infringement of our RIGHTS! Any elected or appointed official took an oath to support and defend our Constitution. IMPEACH ALL THAT IGNORE THEIR OATH! Criminal charges should follow. The gun control freaks are actually people control freaks!
NEVER WILL ” WE THE PEOPLE ” let this happen. You socialist/communist mudslum POSs can pass any law but you will NEVER make us abide by it without one hell of a fight! If you want to confiscist guns I hope you politicians are the ones knocking on doors! I know this will not happen because all of
you are afraid of “We the PEOPLE”! This is why all of you are determined to bad all arms. If you would do your jobs like all of you swore or affirmed to do you would not need to fear “WE THE PEOPLE”!

harvey1 on February 19, 2013 at 11:25 AM