Senator Coburn is working with Anti-Gun Democrats

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) is working with Democratic senators on a bill that would mandate background checks for all gun buyers, with some limited exceptions.

In an interview Friday with a Tulsa television station, Coburn said he is working with Sens. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Joe Manchin III (D-W. Va.) on plans to keep weapons away from criminals and the mentally ill.

Coburn's office didn't immediately respond to requests for comment, but other Senate aides familiar with the negotiations confirmed his involvement. If a deal involving Coburn pans out, his ruby-red Republican reputation would lend significantly to any bipartisan effort to draft gun-control legislation.

"I think there's lots of good things that can happen in terms of mental health screening and checks," Coburn told KRMG-TV Friday.  "If you transfer your car, you have to have a license to transfer, it has to go through that. That's a responsibility of freedom. I have no problems with us making sure that we don't allow guns to get in the hands of either felons, or people who are a danger to themselves or other people. I'm willing to work with Manchin and Schumer on that, and going to."

It sounds like Coburn needs to hear from his constituents.

We oppose universal background checks because:
  1. Dealers are already required to do background checks.
  2. 85% of gun transfers already have background checks.
  3. A universal background check system is tantamount to registration of firearms -- and the next step is confiscation.
  4. Criminals don't have to do background checks on each other

Hat tip and more info available from a Keyboard and a .45.

This entry was published Mon Jan 28 04:44:52 CST 2013 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2013-01-28 04:44:52.0. [Tweet]

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