Reid has promised an open amendment process for gun control legislation, which the Senate is expected to start debating next week.
Coburn said Thursday that he will offer an amendment “to replace the unworkable Manchin-Toomey [language] with a proposal that will protect Americans’ Second Amendment rights while giving law-abiding citizens the tools they need to make sure they aren’t transferring a firearm to someone who will be a threat to themselves or others.”
If one of the GOP alternatives is adopted in place of the Manchin-Toomey amendment, Democrats could rapidly fall off from supporting the underlying bill and the entire legislation could be in jeopardy.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.