National Constitution Center
March 7, 2013

Four new gun control laws were under consideration on Thursday in the Senate, but a key provision on background checks appears to be stalled.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy is starting the bill markup process on Thursday and it could extend into next week, giving negotiators more time to find a solution on a key sticking point on background checks.

The Senate is considering separate bills on assault weapons and ammunition clips; more money for schools to buy safety equipment; and a law on universal background checks.

Stricter laws on gun trafficking were approved by the Judiciary committee on Thursday morning.

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