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Gun background check bill likely tabled

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Published: 21 Jan 2013 | By Yafit Lazar and 2 others | Last updated: 21 Jan 2013
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A new bill that is set to introduce universal background checks on firearm purchasers is expected to be presented to the US Congress.


News about the bill came as Senator Charles Schumer voiced optimism that the Congress could pass the new legislation, calling it "the sweet spot."

Speaking on NBC's Meet the Press on January 20, Schumer said he is the author of a bill on universal background checks and revealed he expected lawmakers to show broad support for the measure.

"I think this is the best chance we have of getting something done and I think you're going to have much broader support than you'd ever imagine," Schumer said.

The bill is in line with the sweeping gun-violence reduction plan that President Obama unveiled mid January.

The president also called on Congress to give the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) $10 million to study gun violence, and possible links to video games and media images.

The plans follow nation-wide protests sparked by the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The shooting claimed the lives of 27 people, 20 of them children.
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Ed O'Keefe covers Congress for The Washington Post and is author of 2chambers, a blog tracking the House and the Senate. He prev... moreEd O'Keefe covers Congress for The Washington Post and is author of 2chambers, a blog tracking the House and the Senate. He previously authored The Federal Eye, a blog keeping tabs on federal agencies, federal employees, government oversight and related issues. During the 2008 election season, Ed traveled the campaign trail as a washingtonpost.com videojournalist, blogger and contributor to the newspaper. Ed joined The Post in 2005 as a washingtonpost.com home page producer, and later served as a producer and on-air contributor to Washington Post Radio. He is a frequent guest on national radio and television outlets, including BBC, France 24, MSNBC, NPR stations, Sirius/XM POTUS and Washington Post-owned television stations. He graduated from American University with a degree in political science in 2005.

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Vivian Salama is a freelance journalist based in the Middle East. Ms. Salama has worked as a reporter for American, British, and... moreVivian Salama is a freelance journalist based in the Middle East. Ms. Salama has worked as a reporter for American, British, and Middle Eastern publications. Credits include NEWSWEEK magazine, The Washington Post, USA Today, The International Herald Tribune, The Middle East Times, The Middle East News Service, Al-Ahram Weekly, World Politics Review, The Jerusalem Post, The Daily Star, and Communicate magazine. Also reported from the Balkans, sub-Saharan Africa, and North and South Korea. Freelance reporter and commentator for Voice of America (VOA). Freelance Producer for ABC News. Written a variety of stories about regional and Egyptian politics, terrorist attacks, anti-Americanism in the Arab world, American policy in the Middle East, and Arab-Muslim reaction to world events. Conduct interviews in Arabic regularly. I have appeared as a political and cultural commentator on BBC World television and radio, Egyptian National Television, National Public Radio (NPR), Iran's Press TV, and South African Broadcasting Corporation television and radio.

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