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As Cruz Makes His Case, Schumer Laughs



New York senator Chuck Schumer, a leading proponent of the gun legislation currently being debated on the Senate floor, laughed audibly as GOP senator Ted Cruz made his case on the Senate floor during today’s debate on the Toomey-Manchin background-check compromise. 

In response to Cruz’s contention that expanding background checks to all advertised purchases would lead to a federal gun registry, Schumer asked whether Cruz has detected any movement within the federal government for the creation of one.

“It is not currently proposed,” Cruz responded, “but if the bill that is being considered were adopted, it would put us on that path —” He paused as the New York senator erupted in laughter before continuing. “And I think that path would be profoundly unwise and would be inconsistent with the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms,” Cruz concluded, as Schumer thanked him for his courtesy.

A vote on the Toomey-Manchin amendment is expected later this afternoon, and Democrats do not yet have the 60 votes necessary for passage.