Senate to continue gun control amendment votes Thursday

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If agreement is reached the Senate could take up several more amendments to the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act, S.649, which would expand background checks on gun purchases, crack down on gun trafficking and beef up security in schools. GOP senators have said the bill goes too far and infringes on the rights of gun-owners.

On Thursday the Senate will vote on an amendment from Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) that would withhold federal funds for states that disclose gun owners’ information and an amendment from Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) that would expand federal mental health programs, including in education, suicide prevention and trauma centers.

On Wednesday the Senate rejected several amendments, including those expanding background checks to gun purchases at gun shows and online and banning assault weapons and high capacity magazine clips. All amendments have been held to a 60-vote threshold.