There Is A GOP-Sponsored Gun-Control Bill In The Works
March 29, 2013 by Sam Rolley
There has been much hullabaloo over Senate Democrats’ gun control proposal, expected to be brought to the floor of the legislative body next month by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), but less is known about a separate gun proposal that could come from a group of GOP lawmakers led by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).
Based on Grassley’s past positions on gun control, the Republican measure could include provisions that crack down on straw purchasing and illegal trafficking of firearms, legislation meant to increase safety in schools and measures keeping firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill.
“Senator Grassley, along with other concerned members, is putting together an alternative bill that addresses gun violence in a manner that doesn’t violate the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens in contrast to what appears to be in the bill proposed by the Majority Leader,” Grassley spokeswoman Beth Levine told The Hill.
The GOP effort is expected to roll back gun legislation approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier in the year by picking the proposals apart to remove any provisions or language the conservative Senators believe to be unConstitutional.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) cagily hinted that he may be able to support the Grassley effort if it does not impose any new overbearing gun restrictions.
“Chuck Grassley is putting together an alternative we’re taking a look at,” McConnell said. “From his description of what he’s trying to put together … it might be something I can support. But I can’t go beyond that. I’m not likely to support what Harry is bringing up, but there may be an alternative I can and it probably be something that Grassley produces. That’s as far as I can go right now.”
Conservative critics of the forthcoming GOP gun bill have said that any effort by Republicans to address any aspect of gun control is going too far. And it is yet to be seen whether Senators like Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who have vowed to filibuster any new gun legislation, will embrace the GOP version of gun control.