But the proposal, which would require individuals to keep private records of gun sales they make, worried Republicans who were concerned the bill could lead to the creation of a national gun registry. The bill passed out of committee along party lines. While Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., have worked overtime to reach a compromise, they have yet to yield a bill both sides can agree on.
A GOP aide told U.S. News "They are still hopeful that they will come to an agreement."
Meanwhile, as Senate Democrats fight to build enough support in their caucus to pass gun-control legislation, ranking Judiciary Committee member Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is working on an alternative bill to give Republicans an option that would give them some political cover. But few details about what the bill would do are still under wraps.
"The bill is still being written, and it is just an alternative to reduce gun violence," says a spokesman in Grassley's office. "Sen. Grassley wants to address gun violence in a manner that does not violate the constitution that is why he is working on a separate bill."