What's in the bill? Guide to Senate gun legislation

The following is a breakdown of what's actually in the firearms bill which cleared a key Senate test vote Thursday morning.

The package, as currently formulated, is made up of three provisions that passed the Senate Judiciary Committee last month:

1) Expanding background checks

2) Cracking down on gun trafficking and straw purchasing

3) Reauthorizing and expanding a Justice Department grant program for school safety

Most of the focus has been on the background check portion, by far the most sweeping and contentious of the three. Right now the bill as currently written contains a background-check plan authored by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. But in light of the Manchin-Toomey compromise rolled out yesterday, if the Senate advances the legislation Thursday, Sen. Harry Reid has said one of the first amendments to the bill will be to swap the Manchin-Toomey framework in for the Schumer placeholder. That framework would apply background checks for gun show and Internet sales but exempt some other personal transactions.

The Manchin-Toomey proposal, though, is causing other concerns about the process -- the fact that the underlying bill which senators are considering is expected to change substantively from its current form. Many senators opposing Thursday's vote have cited the fact they don't even know what it is they are voting on.


With the bill advancing, Reid said there will be a good deal of amendments that will likely take until next week to go through. Here are a couple amendments we know will be offered, in addition to the Manchin-Toomey substitute:

-- Assault weapons ban

-- Limit on high-capacity magazines

There are some other bipartisan bills percolating related to mental health that may come as amendments as well.

Opponents of the bill, such as Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Mike Lee, R-Utah; and Rand Paul, R-Ky., are also expected to offer amendments.