On Wednesday, 12, 19, the U.S. Senate voted to pass their version of the NRA supported NICS Improvement Act (H.R.2640). The bill then went back to the House to resolve differences between the versions passed in the two bodies.
Later that evening the House concurred with the Senate changes and passed the bill by unanimous consent as the Senate had earlier.
NRA, NSSF, and the Brady Bunch are calling Senate passage a victory, while GOA, many grassroots gun groups, and the more radical gun control organizations like the Violence Policy Center are calling the bill a sell-out.
When this bill originally passed in the House, it did so on a voice vote with only one Representative speaking against its passage; that one Representative was Dr. Ron Paul of Texas, now running for President.
There will doubtless be much said about this bill over the next few days and it will be interesting to watch. While some gun rights groups have taken to calling the bill the "Veterans Disarmament Act," anti-gun extremists claim it will open a flood-gate of mentally challenged people regaining access to firearms. The truth is that, like so many bills passed in Washington, this one will probably waste a lot of money with little or no actual benefit.
I've not had an opportunity to study the final version of the bill yet (since it was negotiated behind closed doors), but as soon as I do I will post a thorough analysis posted on the web site so be sure to check in at www.FirearmsCoalition.org to find out how this version stacks up.