U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Bipartisan Bill to Increase Punishments Against Gun “Straw Purchases”

by Colonel on March 7, 2013

“The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday morning approved a bipartisan bill to expand sanctions on illegal “straw purchases” of guns. …

But looming votes on the controversial assault weapons ban, prohibition on high-capacity ammunition magazines and expanded background checks on gun sales will draw strong opposition from GOP senators and will likely be delayed until next week.

“Today, gun violence rates are the lowest level in 50 years,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee.

Grassley, though, did back an effort by Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) to expand the scope and sanctions of gun trafficking provisions in federal law.

Grassley was the only Republican who voted for the bill, which passed the Judiciary Committee on an 11-7 vote.

” — John Bresnahan, Copyright 2013 Politico LLC

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