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Harry Reid Expects the Senate Will Take Up Background Checks Before Midterms

August 1, 2013

By George Zornick, The Nation

imag0414_0After the Senate was unable to muster enough votes in April and pass a comprehensive gun control package, reformers immediately set to work pushing for another bill, particularly one that deals with universal background checks.

It was unclear when—or even if—this would happen, but this morning Senate majority leader Harry Reid provided a huge clue. During a private meeting late Thursday morning with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America, which The Nation was allowed to observe, Reid predicted a vote on background checks would happen again in the Senate before the midterm elections, though no sooner than 2014.

Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts asked Reid directly if there would be a background check vote before voters head to the polls in November 2014.

“I think sometime next year we’ll revisit that issue,” Reid said. “I’m almost certain of it.”

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