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Reid, Senate to vote on gun control bill Thursday

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Many shopping for a firearm at The Gun Store on Tropicana aren't entirely sure what the absolute gun control solution is, but some doubt the U.S. Senate is going to find it.

"Why pile more laws up on laws that already exist that aren't being enforced?" one shopper asked FOX5.

Still, others agree some changes should be made.

"Doing a psychiatric background would be a very good [idea]," another shopper told FOX5.

In Washington, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has decided to force a showdown vote with his Republican counterparts on the issue Thursday.

"It's long past time for a thoughtful examination for the lack of laws and culture of violence that put Newtown and Aurora, Oak Creek and Carson City - that's Carson City, NV - on the map for such a devastating reason," Reid said on the Senate floor Tuesday.

But a group of Republican senators have threatened to stall Reid's vote with a filibuster.

"I only hope my Republican colleagues will allow us to have that conversation," Reid said.

One Republican willing to have a serious talk about gun control is Nevada's other senator, Dean Heller, R-NV.

Heller's staff released the following statement to FOX5:

"Senator Heller believes that any legislation designed to improve background checks must not infringe on Nevadans' Second Amendment rights, first and foremost, while also keeping guns out of the hands of felons and mentally ill. He will continue to review proposed legislation as it moves through the Senate, and remains open to various approaches. He will not, however, support any plan that creates a federal gun registry." - Chandler Smith, Communications Director for U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV).

Meanwhile, some in southern Nevada want their leaders in Washington, DC to focus less on the guns and more on helping the mentally ill and criminals who use them.

"Give more help to the people and actually care about the people instead of thinking, oh, guns walk around and kill people, because they don't," one shopper at The Gun Store told FOX5.

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