The Washington Times - March 28, 2013, 09:44AM

As Democrats work to craft gun legislation that can attract 60 votes in the Senate, Sen. Chuck Grassley is working on an alternative, Politico reports.

Mr. Grassley, Iowa Republican, has opposed bans on so-called assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and universal background checks.


But the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee did support a measure intended to crack down on gun trafficking and straw purchasers and another intended to bolster school safety.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, said that he plans to bring a bill to the floor that includes those two provisions, but that “in order to be effective, any bill that passes the Senate must include background checks.”

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Mr. Reid also plans to allow votes on banning military-style, semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines once debate begins. But three Republican senators have threatened to block him from bringing that bill to the floor, and Democrats still are working to find more Republican co-sponsors for a compromise bill to strengthen background checks.

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