Senate Committee Approves Stricter Gun Laws

March on Washington for Gun Control on Jan. 26. (Yuri Gripas/AFP/Getty)

The Senate Judiciary Committee gave its seal of approval to a new bill creating stricter laws on gun trafficking Thursday, pushing it into Congress, where it will be reviewed by the Senate as a whole. This is the first piece of legislation stemming from President Obama’s post–Sandy Hook gun-control initiative to make its way to Congress. Other gun proposals, such as a revamped ban on military-style semiautomatic weapons, were considered at the committee’s meeting, but the group recessed before they could vote. They’ll pick up where they left off Tuesday.