Is the GOP's gun-control filibuster threat collapsing?

Democrats may have the votes to advance gun-control proposals past a procedural hurdle

Majority Leader Harry Reid is moving ahead with a gun-control bill.
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Threats of a filibuster on gun-control proposals may go out with a whimper, as several Republican senators announced Tuesday that they'd side with Democrats and open up debate on the most ambitious gun legislation in 20 years.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed cloture on the motion Tuesday, setting up a procedural vote on Thursday that will determine whether the proposals move ahead — or whether they get stonewalled by Republican opposition before debate has even begun.

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