Senate To Take Up Gun Bill

JULY 26, 2005 - Posted at 4:09 p.m. CDT

CAPITOL HILL - The Senate has decided it wants to take action this week on a bill that would shield gun manufacturers and dealers from liability lawsuits stemming from gun crimes.

Today's successful test vote, 66-to-32, shows there is plenty of support for the Senate leadership's desire to pass the bill before lawmakers leave at the end of this week for a month-long vacation.

Last year, the National Rifle Association asked the measure's sponsor, Idaho Republican Senator Larry Craig, to withdraw it after gun opponents amended it to extend the assault weapons ban.

The Republican-controlled House passed a similar bill in 2004 but has taken no action on the issue this year.

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