Sikh community watches gun vote
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CREATED Apr. 14, 2013
MILWAUKEE -- Gun control is set to take center stage in Washington this week.
A vote expected on a controversial bill that would expand background checks for people buying guns.
And one local community in particular, is keeping a close eye on it all.
"Everybody is curious from the temple actually."
For Rahul Dubey in Oak creek, an upcoming U.S. Senate vote in Washington, is personal.
He lost his godfather, Satwant Kaleka, last fall in the shooting at the Oak Creek Sikh Temple. Kaleka was the temple president.
It's one of several mass shootings that sparked debate over gun control laws.
Family of victims have pleaded their case. So have defenders of the second amendment.
Now, this week a vote is expected in the senate on whether to expand background checks for gun buyers.
"There should be a universal background check at least," said Dubey.
The bipartisan proposal requires background checks for gun purchases at gun shows and online. Right now, they're only needed when buying from a licensed gun dealer.
Harpreet Singh wants a law that respects the second amendment but makes the process of buying a gun, more thorough.
"I was at an auction last month and they just need a drivers license to get a gun."
He was at the temple the day of the shooting. A police officer waived him off as he tried to enter the parking lot with his vehicle.
Singh and other members of the Oak Creek Sikh Temple will be closely watching Washington in the days to come.
"Everyone has their eye set on what's going on, what's going to happen. Is the bill going to be passed. We have crossed fingers for that because that's our first win," said Dubey.
It will take 60 votes to pass the senate.
Some republicans have pledged to block a final vote.
Several democrats from gun-friendly states are also expected to oppose the measure.