Dems hope to turn refugee debate into gun debate

Democrats are pressuring Republicans to pass legislation blocking gun and explosives purchases for anyone suspected of being a terrorist, and are threatening to attach that language on a bill imposing new conditions on the entry of Syrian refugees.

Both Republicans and some Democrats have historically resisted passing gun control measures. But the renewed Democratic pressure comes in the wake of the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, where terrorists used guns and explosives to kill at least 129 people and injure more than 180.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., turned up the heat on Republicans Friday, a day after the House passed legislation halting Syrian and Iraqi refugees from entering the country unless they clear an elevated vetting process by federal intelligence officials. Most Democrats opposed the bill, but 47 voted in favor of it.

The Senate could take up the House-passed refugee bill as early as the week of Nov. 30. At that point, Democrats will likely try to attach the gun control provision as an amendment, although it will be up to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to decide whether he'll allow it.