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Here's The Democrats' Plan To Pass Gun Control In The Senate

Senior Hill aides describe Harry Reid's strategy.

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As the new debate over gun control heats up, senior Senate aides on both sides of the issue laid out advocates’ plan to get their bill through the Senate.

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The strategy advocated by gun control supporters in the Senate was described to BuzzFeed by two senior Republican Senate aides working to oppose the effort, and confirmed by a Democratic Senate leadership aide working to get it passed.

Prospects for the gun control legislation weren't looking good until the recent Toomey/Manchin proposal.

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The legislation proposed by Republican Sen. Pat Toomey and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin would expand background checks for those looking to purchase guns, while providing some exemptions.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will then call for a cloture vote on the legislation with the new language in place. He expects to get the votes he needs.

Contact Benny Johnson at benny.johnson+DONE@buzzfeed.com.

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