Gun Background Check Deal in Jeopardy in Senate

By: The AP
By: The AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican and Democratic senators who crafted a compromise proposal to expand background checks for gun buyers may be willing to accept a change that would exempt gun buyers who live hundreds of miles from licensed firearms dealers.

That word comes from a Senate aide, as a growing number of Republican senators voice opposition to the measure as it currently sands. Out of 16 GOP senators who voted last week to start debating gun control legislation, eight say they will oppose a background check compromise between a Democratic and a GOP senator. Two others say they are leaning against it.

Some senators are now saying the vote appears likely to take place late this week, rather than mid-week.

The White House says President Barack Obama is calling lawmakers, looking for support for the plan.

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