The White House Is Planning A Major Push On Guns, And One Democratic Senator Is Already Calling It ‘Extreme’

Sunday, January 6, 2013
By Paul Martin

Brett LoGiurato
BusinessInsider.com
Jan 6 2013

The White House’s task force led by Vice President Joe Biden is considering expansive proposals to tackle the nation’s gun violence, something that is already drawing early condemnation from even Democratic lawmakers.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that the group headed by Biden is preparing to go far beyond a simple reinstatement of the expired assault weapons ban:

A working group led by Vice President Biden is seriously considering measures backed by key law enforcement leaders that would require universal background checks for firearm buyers, track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, strengthen mental health checks, and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors, the sources said.

But on Sunday, newly sworn-in Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat from North Dakota, called the reported proposals “way in the extreme” and cautioned that they would not pass if brought together in a comprehensive bill.

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