Senate to debate gun control legislation
Updated: Friday, April 12 2013, 08:27 AM EDT
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Supporters of tougher gun laws have won the first round in the battle to pass new gun restrictions.
Thursday the Senate approved a measure to bring a gun control bill to the floor for debate.
Some republicans tried to block the move, but with 68 votes it easily cleared the filibuster hurdle.
"I'm grateful to all republicans who joined with us to let this bill go foreword," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
“The government should not punish or harass law abiding citizens in the exercise of their Second Amendment rights," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The Senate is expected to take a vote on expanded background checks next week.