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Reid Reverses Course, Will Introduce Tough Gun Bill

5:52 PM, Mar 21, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Harry Reid will reverse course and allow a tough gun bill to be introduced in the Senate.

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The Huffington Post reports, "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will introduce gun control legislation Thursday night that includes a proposal for universal background checks, a high-ranking source told The Huffington Post." 

The liberal website adds:

"The news will cheer up gun control advocates who were left despondent days ago after Reid announced the baseline bill would not include a ban on assault weapons. That measure, which is sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), will be considered as an amendment, diminishing its chances of ending up in the final bill produced by the Senate. A provision that would ban the production and sale of high-capacity magazines will also be considered as an amendment, the source said. 

"Progressives had been bracing themselves for the possibility that a measure expanding background checks, widely considered the most important of President Barack Obama's suggested reforms, would meet the same fate. But Reid will, instead, go to the floor with background checks as part of the baseline legislation.

"Reid will use the background check bill produced by the Senate Judiciary Committee as a starter, the source said. That bill, sponsored by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), includes a provision that requires records of all gun sales to be maintained. That provision had been a sticking point with Senate Republicans, who have argued that it would serve as a gateway to a federal database of gun owners. In order to keep open the option of securing GOP support, Reid will offer senators the opportunity to amend the language in the background check bill."

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