Graham: The Senate background-check bill is “going nowhere”

posted at 1:21 pm on April 1, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Sen. Chuck Schumer said on Sunday that he’s working on finding some version of a universal background check bill that could be acceptable to the requisite sixty senators, but that could be quite a job considering the backlash his wildly restrictive first go-round inspired. On his own Sunday appearance, Sen. Graham insisted that there’s nothing in the current gun-control bill that would have prevented the mass shooting at Newtown, and that it seems a little nonsensical to move forward on expanding background checks to further burden law-abiding private individuals when the current system is only tepidly enforced at best. Via The Hill:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday blasted Democratic efforts to pass new gun control laws, vowing that a bill Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) plans to bring to the floor next month was “going nowhere.” …

“The current system is broken,” Graham said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Why in the world would you expand that system if you’re not enforcing the law that exists today to include private transfers [for background checks]? So I think that legislation is going nowhere, but I’d like to have a robust debate about improving the system.”

And there undoubtedly will be, since Reid is definitely looking to move forward on the gun-control issue in the coming weeks, sans the assault-weapons ban, and there are several Republicans who’d be open to “some type” of background check related legislation. Of course, I’m sure we can all look forward to Reid going about this one of the only ways they know how: By taking a leaf out of the president’s playbook and demagoguing the heck out of it.


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