Ore. gun-control bill hits snag in committee

Ore. gun-control bill hits snag in committee
Lawmakers and staff of the state Senate Judiciary Committee discuss a gun-control bill on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Salem, Ore. State lawmakers are considering a bill that would require background checks for private gun sales. (AP Photo/Chad Garland)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon bill that would require background checks for private gun sales appears to be in trouble.

Senate President Peter Courtney has promised to allow a vote in the full Senate if the measure can get out of the Judiciary Committee. But there wasn't enough support in Judiciary, so on Thursday that committee sent the bill instead to the Senate Rules Committee.

Last year, a nearly identical bill withered without a vote in the Rules Committee.

Democratic Sen. Arnie Roblan of Coos Bay says he couldn't support sending such a contentious bill to the full Senate knowing it doesn't have enough votes to pass.

Republicans think Democrats want to force a full Senate vote on gun control to force GOP lawmakers in swing districts to take a tough vote.