(NEWSER– The Senate's gun control bill cleared its first major hurdle today, as the chamber voted 68-31 to begin debate, defeating at least the first attempt to filibuster the bill. Sixteen Republicans joined 52 Democrats in voting to begin debate, the Washington Post reports, while two Democrats voted against. But despite the encouraging vote—and a bipartisan compromise on background checks—don't expect smooth sailing; the Hill expects the debate to last weeks. Here's what you need to know:

  • The NRA came out with a statement last night saying it is "unequivocally opposed" to the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013, and specifically called out the "misguided 'compromise' proposal drafted by Senators Joe Manchin, Pat Toomey, and Chuck Schumer," reports the Huffington Post.

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