Senators discuss changing background checks bill
WASHINGTON - Lawmakers backing gun control say they are discussing how to revise the defeated Senate background check bill in order to win votes they need to resuscitate the measure.
Among the changes they said they are considering are limiting the background check fees buyers pay at gun shows, adding provisions dealing with the mentally ill and changing language extending the background check requirement to all online sales.
Supporters fell five votes short when the Senate defeated legislation last month. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised to revisit the issue in a fresh vote that many expect no sooner than early summer.
Gun control groups are pressuring senators who voted no, hoping to convince some that they risk electoral defeat unless they back the effort.