POMPANO BEACH, FL - JANUARY 16: Jonathan Schwartz (R), a salesman at the National Armory gun store, fills out the paperwork for Reese Magnant as he buys a National Armory AR-15 Battle Entry Assault Rife on January 16, 2013 in Pompano Beach, Florida. President Barack Obama today in Washington, DC announced a broad range of gun initiatives that his administration thinks will help curb gun violence. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
These Democrats from largely rural states with strong gun cultures view Obama's proposals warily and have not committed to supporting them.
The lawmakers' concerns could stand in the way of strong legislation before a single Republican gets a chance to vote "no."
All eyes are on a core group of these Democrats, including Sens. Max Baucus of Montana, Mark Begich of Alaska and Mark Pryor of Arkansas, who are up for re-election in 2014.
The Senate Judiciary Committee begins hearings Wednesday.
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