The Senate Judiciary Committee postponed a markup for new gun control legislation for one week, delaying action on a controversial proposal to ban assault weapons.
The postponement also allows more time for bipartisan negotiations between Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to reach a deal to expand background checks for all gun purchases. Those talks have stalled over Coburn’s objections to permanent record keeping of gun purchases becoming a part of background checks.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced at the beginning of Thursday’s session that consideration of four gun-related bills, including an assault weapons ban offered by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), would be rescheduled for next week.