House Returns From Break to Resume Clash Over Gun Control


The House returns to a clash over gun control on Tuesday as lawmakers pick up where they left off at the end of June.

Members of the Rules Committee are set to send an antiterrorism package to the floor that includes restrictions on gun purchases by those suspected of having ties to terrorism. A similar proposal by Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, was opposed by Senate Democrats who called it unworkable. House Democrats say they will oppose it as well.

Democrats say they will demand two amendments to the antiterrorism measure — one prohibiting gun purchases by those on the federal no-fly list and a second expanding background checks. If they do not get those votes, they say they will explore other options such as the disruptive sit-in and takeover of the House floor by Democrats before the chamber adjourned for the Fourth of July.

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SOURCE: NY Times, Carl Hulse