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Breaks Off Talks On Bipartisan Background Check Deal
By Harold Hutchison

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) has broken off talks on a bi-partisan bill involving expanded background checks, and has instead filed legislation of his own without input from the other Senators involved. The move comes as the anti-gun agenda in Congress is increasingly being held up.

According to Dave Workman, the major sticking point in the discussions on the background check bill was due to a refusal by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) to accept any form of record-keeping on private transactions. Such provisions are, for all intents and purposes, a form of back-door registration of gun owners.

Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) have both opposed the original Schumer bill, but have indicated they will try to find another conservative to work with. Coburn’s gambit is similar to one that Alan Gottlieb, Executive Director of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, used in Washington state.

Gottlieb’s offer to accept expanded background checks provided that Washington state eliminate its handgun registry drew opposition from some gun-grabbers.