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Filibuster or Not, Gun Control Faces Uphill Battle in Senate

Sen. Joe Manchin speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill, May 16, 2018. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

The shootings in Colorado and Georgia have prompted many of the filibuster’s critics to add gun control to the list of Democratic agenda items that the 60-vote threshold is supposedly throttling. Having looked around a little today, though, I’m really not sure that’s true.

The three changes Joe Biden says he wants are a ban on “assault weapons,” the prohibition of magazines that can hold more than ten rounds, and the extension of the federal background-check system to intrastate private sales. The first two provisions have not even passed the House and are explicitly opposed by Senator Manchin. The third provision


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