Senate Panel Delays Action on Gun Bills

Republicans ask for more time


The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday postponed consideration of four bills to curb gun violence after Republicans said they needed more time to study the proposed ban on military-style assault weapons.

The one-week delay by the Democratic-led committee appears unlikely to change the fate of the bills, all of which appear headed to the full Senate for a vote.

The move comes a day after the panel heard emotional testimony that included pleas for lawmakers to back the proposed assault weapons ban.