WASHINGTON (AP) -- Not all Republican senators are willing to block a Senate vote on significant new gun restrictions.
Conservatives have said they will use procedural tactics to try to keep the Senate from even considering the restrictions, including background checks for more gun buyers and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
But at least five GOP senators are expressing a willingness to let the gun debate proceed. Sixty votes will be needed to head off the stalling tactics. There are 53 Democrats and two independents who lean Democratic. But it's not clear whether any moderate Democrats from Republican-leaning states might support the conservative effort.
One Republican who wants to see the gun restrictions go to an up-or-down vote, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, says, "The American people ought to see where everybody stands on this."
Family members of the victims of the school shooting in Connecticut have been meeting privately with senators at the Capitol today. According to an administration official, they first had breakfast with Vice President Joe Biden at his residence at the Naval Observatory.
214-a-14-(Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., with reporters after meeting with family members of the Newtown shooting victims)-"that is outrageous"-Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal says the Newtown families are stunned the gun control proposals might not even get a vote. (9 Apr 2013)
215-a-14-(Senator Christopher Murphy, D-Conn., with reporters after meeting with family members of the Newtown shooting victims)-"of Americans support"-Connecticut Senator Christopher Murphy says it's wrong for Republicans to filibuster the gun control proposals. (9 Apr 2013)
GRAPHICSBANK: US President Obama embraces Nicole Hockley, who lost her son Dylan in the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting, Hartford, graphic element on gray (9 Apr 2013)
APPHOTO DCSA110: Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., right, accompanied by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 9, 2013, following a private meeting with families of the victims of the deadly shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (9 Apr 2013)
APPHOTO DCSA105: Neil Heslin, center, whose 6-year-old son Jesse was killed in the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., arrives with other victims' families to meet privately on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 9, 2013, with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. Heslin gave moving testimony during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in February on the proposed assault weapons ban. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (9 Apr 2013)
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