EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSColorado Recall Stifles Gun Effort in Congress
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Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Sep. 14, 2013 5:41 PM EDT
Gun control advocates say the recall of two Colorado legislators who backed new gun restrictions will make it harder to revive stalled efforts in Congress to tighten firearm laws.
Since the U.S. Senate narrowly rejected expanded background checks last April, gun control supporters have been hunting for the five additional votes they need.
But supporters say they have yet to win over a single new senator. They say last week's recall of the two Colorado lawmakers -- an effort backed by the National Rifle Association -- will make that search harder.
Proponents of expanded checks doubt the Senate will revisit the issue until next year at best.
Top Senate Democrats say they won't do so until they've found new supporters and have a strong chance of winning.
"The results of the recall were not good news, " U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said.
As a House member last year, Murphy represented Newtown, where 20 first-graders and six school staffers were gunned down.
Murphy and other gun control supporters such as Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, say that with polls showing wide approval of background checks and groups like Bloomberg's spending large sums, the NRA's potency has been weakened.
Even so, Senate talks have proceeded intermittently as supporters of the background check language written by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., seek five more votes.
Background checks, aimed at weeding out criminals and the mentally unstable, are required for buyers obtaining firearms through licensed gun dealers. The defeated legislation would have expanded that to sales at commercial venues like gun shows and the Internet.
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