"When the NRA and Chuck Schumer agree, that tells you it's something worth doing," said Schumer, a longtime foe of the gun lobby.
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., disagrees - and that's all it takes to stop a bill in the Senate.
His concern is that billions of dollars of new spending in the bill is not paid for by cuts in other programs.
And he says the bill does not pay for appeals by veterans or other Americans who feel they have been wrongly barred from buying a gun.
"As Congress prepares to raise the debt limit once again, it is not too much to ask politicians to do the job they were elected to do and make choices," Coburn said Wednesday, backed up by another pro-gun group, Gun Owners of America. "Veterans, or any other American, should not lose their Second Amendment rights if they have been unfairly tagged as having mental health concerns."
http://www.firearmscoalition.org/new/in ... &Itemid=29Senator Coburn's action does not put a stop to the controversial NICS bill, but it does keep it from barreling through without any opportunity to fix some of its serious flaws. The bill has caused a deepening of the rift between the "hard-line" and "moderate" branches of the gun rights movement. NRA cooperated in the crafting of the bill which blew through the House with their support in mid-June, but strong opposition from GOA and many grassroots organizations seems to be slowing the bill's momentum and damaging NRA's credibility. The Senate Judiciary Committee dramatically increased funding for the proposal just before the August recess and rolled several other "school safety" bills in with the NICS bill.
http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/cob ... 10-03.htmlâ€œWeâ€™ve tried to negotiate,â€ Schumer said, adding that talks with Coburn are â€œnot getting that far. We might have to bring it to a vote.â€
Taking a recorded vote on the gun database bill could complicate its initially strong prospects. The National Rifle Association (NRA) supports the bill, which its board member and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.) helped to craft, but the Gun Owners of America (GOA) has backed Coburn and mobilized its grassroots against the measure.
Chris W. Cox, chief lobbyist for the NRA, said his group supports the bill as a means to move toward the â€œfair and instantâ€ background-check database that Congress first set up 14 years ago under the so-called â€œBrady bill.â€
â€œWe saw veterans go into the system unfairly with no way to get their rights restored,â€ Cox said in an interview.
â€œOnce theyâ€™re in the system, thereâ€™s no way to get out. While not perfect, this legislation would go a long way towards helping to address some concerns [with the database].â€
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) has championed the bill on the House side . . .
The president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Paul Helmke, said he remains optimistic that the Senate impasse can be cleared, ascribing it to the everyday difficulty of moving a complex bill through Congress. While the NRA has not tapped its extensive grassroots membership to help the background-check measure pass, Helmke said the premier gun groupâ€™s support was enough.
â€œTheir concern is that some of their grassroots feels the same as the GOA on this, and they donâ€™t want to risk alienating some of their members,â€ Helmke said.