"Even background checks for private firearm sales such as those at gun shows, an area thought to be ripe for consensus, are proving slippery," Peterson writes. "Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Charles Schumer of New York, both Democrats, and Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois have spent weeks trying to reach a deal with GOP Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, but they couldn't do so in time" for today's meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
A January Washington Post-ABC News poll showed that nearly nine in 10 Americans support requiring background checks for sales at gun shows. Seven in 10 endorsed a federal database to track all firearm sales, 54 percent “strongly.” Among people in gun-owning households, more than half supported each measure. Ed O'Keefe and Sari Horwitz of the Post report that a poll done for Mayors Against Illegal Guns "found similar results in some of the nation’s most conservative states and congressional districts."
The Associated Press reports today that states with the most gun-control laws have the fewest gun-related deaths, according to a study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention using data from 2007 to 2010. It founds that states with the most laws had a 42 percent lower gun-death rate than states with the least number of laws.