Tom Davis

After Orlando, slight cracks in gun-rights' grip on Congress

How has the Orlando shooting slaughter affected the politics of gun control in Congress? A bipartisan House measure barring firearms sales to some suspected terrorists nicely captures the mix of new and familiar forces in play.

The mere introduction Friday of a proposal backed by five Republicans and four Democrats highlights the post-Orlando, election-year pressures some lawmakers feel for action. One sponsor said that when the House returns from its July 4 recess, they will push GOP leaders for a vote.

"The pressure will be continuous, it will be respectful but we're not going to let go of this," said Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va.

Yet Rigell also said to get...