Oregon gun-control bill stuck in committee

Oregon gun-control bill stuck in committee
Administrative counsel Bill Taylor holds his head in his hands next to Sen. Floyd Prozanski as they hear testimony at the Senate Judiciary Committee at a public gun bill hearing in Hearing Room 50 at the State Capitol in Salem, Ore., Thursday Feb. 6, 2014. The hearing concerns a bill to expand background checks for firearms sales. AP Photo/Kobbi R. Blair, Statesman Journal

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon bill that would require background checks for private gun sales appears to be in trouble.

Senate President Peter Courtney has promised to allow a vote in the full Senate if the measure can get out of the Judiciary Committee.

stuck inBut there wasn't enough support in Judiciary, so on Thursday that committee sent the bill instead to the Senate Rules Committee.

Last year, a nearly identical bill withered without a vote in the Rules Committee.

Democratic Sen. Arnie Roblan of Coos Bay says he couldn't support sending such a contentious bill to the full Senate knowing it doesn't have enough votes to pass.

Republicans think Democrats want to force a full Senate vote on gun control to force GOP lawmakers in swing districts to take a tough vote.

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