The House is set to vote on a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks for gun purchases and gun sales in a bid to prevent a mass shooting.
But the measure faces stiff odds against winning a majority.
A House Democratic aide says the measure has been pulled from consideration in part because it would not expand background check requirements to private transactions.
The measure would have allowed background checks to be conducted by private sellers, and the bill would have required a licensed gun dealer to verify the buyer’s mental health history before a gun could be transferred.
Republicans say they will be looking to a vote next week, after the House adjourns for the month of May.
The proposal would require gun dealers to report all sales of firearms by private parties, including those through online sellers.
The Senate would vote on the proposal on May 22.
It would also require background checks at the point of sale for private sales and the transfer of firearms.
The House measure would also have required that private sellers and private parties register their firearms with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
It also would have made it illegal for a private seller to sell a firearm to a person who has not been adjudicated mentally incompetent.
It was one of the measures included in a package of gun-control legislation introduced by Rep. Mike Thompson, R-Calif., last week.
Democrats and gun control groups say the bill is poorly designed to deal with the issue of mass shootings and is a bad idea for gun owners.
The NRA-ILA, which represents the nation’s gun manufacturers, says the legislation would have prevented more than 1,400 gun deaths over a 10-day period.
But gun-rights groups say there are significant flaws in the bill.
They point to the fact that the legislation does not address the need for an individual to be legally responsible for his or her own firearm, or that it does not allow for a gun seller to submit a background check on a private sale.
The bill also does not require that a private party submit a copy of the background check to the National Criminal Information Center.
And it does NOT allow for gun dealers and private sellers to keep a record of sales to those with mental illnesses, which the NRA has said would lead to more gun violence.