â€œA coalition of House Republicans is willing to thwart theÂ National Rifle Associationâ€™sÂ opposition to broadening background checks for U.S. gun purchases. That may beÂ President Barack Obamaâ€™sÂ best chance for advancing tougher gun regulations this year. Â RepresentativesÂ Patrick MeehanÂ andÂ Michael FitzpatrickÂ of Pennsylvania are among Republicans expressing openness to expanding the background-check system, including mandatory screening of buyers at gun shows â€¦â€
I guess we have some more writing to do around these parts. They are betting on not being as bad as the other guy.
The coalition of House Republicans is probably no larger than 40, according to advocates of tighter gun restrictions, though it may grow once such measures advance in Congress.
Forty is a larger than the margin, though the Dems won’t all be together on the issue. The margin is 32 seats the GOP holds over the Demcorats.