As this Houston Chronicle article puts it, “Gun control advocates cheered when Democrats took over the House and the Senate this year.” Yet they are “on the verge of losing the first big battle of the year over gun policy,” as the House is expected to pass the Tiahrt amendment, renewing a 4-year-old law that restricts information-sharing on firearms used in crimes.

In fact, those Democrats aren’t even putting up a fight:

_Gun control lobbyists and Democratic leadership aides say it is unlikely the chamber will even take a roll call vote on removing the Tiahrt amendment. . . .

Democratic leaders in Congress are wary of forcing some of their vulnerable lawmakers to take such a politically charged vote that could alienate gun owners and make them targets of the National Rifle Association, which supports limits on gun data sharing._