Thursday, September 27, 2007

Coburn Stops Gun Control Bill

A bill inspired by the Virginia Tech shootings is bogged down by objections over funding and who should be barred from buying a firearm. The bill would tighten requirements for states to share gun purchasers' mental health information with the federal government.
Majority Democrats in the Senate were poised as early as this past Monday to bring the bill to a vote until Senator Tom Coburn objected. Coburn says he has concerns 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.

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