Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will try today to overcome a threatened filibuster and call a vote on a controversial gun control bill.
But now two senators are announcing a possible compromise on a more promising bill to expand background checks for gun buyers.
Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Pat Toomey are both members of the National Rifle Association; both support a bill to require the checks for gun show buyers, as well as online buyers.
Illinois Senator Mark Kirk helped the senators reach that compromise.
Private gun transactions between individuals would be exempt from background checks.
Supporters of gun control say it would reduce the risk of mass casualties in places like Newtown, Connecticut, Aurora, Colorado and Tucson, Arizona.
But the NRA says, “The truth is that no background check would have prevented the gun tragedies in Newtown, Aurora or Tucson.”