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Gun bill clears Senate hurdle

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Get ready to hear more on the gun debate as the U.S. Senate moves forward with a bill that aims to battle gun violence.

Thursday, 68 senators voted to officially consider the measure that includes the expansion of background checks. It's a move that some say is a violation of the Second Amendment, but for gun owners in Tennessee, it might not be that big of a deal.

Scott Carroll, owner of Bullz Eye Shooting Range off Lamar is in the business of selling guns, which means he's also in the business of background checks.

"First we have to see a valid ID," he said.

It's a fairly quick and easy process and that his customers have no problem providing their background information to buy guns, Carroll said.

"They think it's a great thing because again, we've got enough guns on the streets in the wrong hands, where if we can keep them in good hands, hopefully the light will be better on our industry," he said.

The new legislation being discussed now in the Senate would expand background checks at gun shows and for online sales.  

Some conservative Republicans have their sights set on this bill and  say it's going too far.

Carroll says expanding background checks won't affect most gun owners in Tennessee. He says gun dealers are already required to perform background checks at gun shows. But he says individuals don't have to follow the same rules when it comes to selling guns at the same shows.

That could change if the new gun control bill is passed.

"You have just individuals, that let's say live in Oklahoma," he said. "They can have some handguns and they just want to get rid of them, they'll buy a booth at a gun show in Tennessee. They'll come over here with those guns and they'll just do it on a bill of sale - individual to individual deal. Whereas a dealer like myself tried to do that, we'd get hammered for not doing a background check."

Carroll thinks making individuals follow the same rules that gun dealers follow is a move that's right on target, for a safer America.
The bill moves on for full Senate consideration. House Republicans, however, vow to kill it.

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