Top Democrats confident Congress will pass gun laws

Washington, Jan. 21 (ANI): Top Democrats have expressed confidence that Congress will pass significant gun-control legislation.

They said that the legislation will be passed with the backing of Washington lawmakers and pressure from Americans across the country.

David Plouffe, a senior adviser for President Barack Obama, acknowledged the president's gun-control proposals will need public support to pass in Congress.

He added that the White House will try to 'enlist' Americans in the debate through its newly formed, grassroots advocacy group, Fox News reports.

According to the report, Obama had last week announced his gun-control plan, which includes enacting a new and stronger assault-weapons ban, limiting magazines to 10 rounds, background checks for prospective buyers and extending mental health treatment to young Americans.

Senator Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., also expressed confidence that Congress would pass some gun-control legislation, particularly his bill for universal background checks.

Efforts by Democrats and some Republicans to pass gun-control legislation in Congress begin in earnest when lawmakers return to Washington after the inauguration.

Republicans, however, were less optimistic about Congress passing sweeping legislation.

Wyoming Republican Senator John Barrasso said Obama's proposals won't even get a full Senate vote.

Barrasso told CNN's "State of the Union" that Democrats seeking re-election in a conservative state would not give their support.

Supporters of more gun-control legislation also will face strong opposition from gun-rights advocacy groups, particularly the National Rifle Association, the report added. (ANI)