Senate Democrats say they're ready to charge ahead on House-passed gun reforms, daring Senate Republicans to oppose legislation that's wildly popular outside the Beltway.

"The legislative graveyard is over," Senate Majority Leader

(D-N.Y.) told reporters Thursday in the Capitol. "H.R. 8 will be on the floor of the Senate, and we will see where everybody stands."

He did not say when the upper chamber would take up the bill. But Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), another prominent gun reformer, said he expects it to happen "soon." 

"We're having hearings in the Judiciary Committee at some point in a matter of weeks," he said. "And then it will be some time, my guess is, after that." 

The proposal, which would expand background checks on gun sales,

on Thursday, shortly after the senators' comments. But it is unlikely to win enough support from Senate Republicans to overcome a GOP filibuster. 

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