Senate moves ahead with gun bill sans most restrictions

The Senate has moved forward with a bill to expand background checks for gun buyers. A bipartisan effort, 68 senators voted for cloture, eliminating threats by some Republican senators to try to kill the bill through filibuster.

Months in the making since the Newtown school shooting, the compromise bill focuses on background checks and does not contain any other restrictions Democrats had sought such as limiting magazine clip sizes or banning assault weapons characteristics.

Democrats are expected to add amendments that would add such provisions, but those are likely dead on arrival. The Senate is expected to take weeks to vote on the matter.

Host Carmen Russell-Sluchansky spoke with Graham Wilson, professor and chair of the political science department at Boston University, to discuss the story.

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