A dozen Republican senators have pledged to join Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's planned filibuster of upcoming gun control legislation, Politico reports.
They signed a letter saying "we will oppose the motion to proceed on any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions." Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he will bring to the Senate floor a bill that would expand background checks for gun purchases, put in place sanctions on illegal transfers of firearms and increase aid for school safety programs.
In addition to Paul, the letter was signed by Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah, Marco Rubio of Florida, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Jim Risch and Mike Crapo of Idaho, Dan Coats of Indiana and Pat Roberts of Kansas, Politico writes.
One GOP senator criticized Paul for planning to filibuster a bill before it's contents have been finalized, the Wall Street Journal reports.
"Is that about filibustering a bill to protect the Second Amendment, or is that about Rand Paul?" Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma said. "I've done more filibusters than Rand Paul is old,"