Reporting Esme Murphy
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – By Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden will present his recommendations to curb gun violence to the president.
In the aftermath of the Newtown school massacre, Biden has been meeting with all sides in the gun debate.
Just a month after the massacre the resistance to limiting sales of certain types of guns seems to be growing.
The Newtown shooting happened one month ago Monday. At first, there were widespread calls for some type of restriction for the kind of semiautomatic weapon that Adam Lanza used to kill 20 children and six adults.
But while an assault-weapons ban is likely to be introduced in the Senate — the odds of it passing both houses of Congress seem remote.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar appeared on WCCO Sunday Morning.
“The vice president has been talking a lot about limitations on high capacity magazines, I think that has the possibility of getting through,” she said. “That would have helped in the Aurora movie theater shooting, as well as in the Newtown disaster. Kids would have died but it would have been less kids. Secondly, the background checks 19 states have submitted less than 100 records to the national background check file.”
The vice president has said he will recommend universal background checks for gun sales. What does that mean?
Right now, licensed dealers are required to run a background check, but if you are a gun owner you can sell your gun privately without running a check, even if you sell it at a gun show. It’s private gun show sales that universal background checks would target and that measure is being given a solid chance of becoming law.
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