Controversial gun legislation cleared a key Senate hurdle Thursday, as lawmakers voted 68-31 to start debate on the package which includes expanded background checks and new penalties for gun trafficking.
Senate Democrats, joined by 16 Republicans, were able to overcome an
attempted filibuster by GOP senators opposed to the current bill. Those
senators could still slow-walk the debate, but the Senate will
ultimately begin votes on amendments -- one of which is considered
crucial to winning support for a final vote.