(KCEN) -- It looks like lawmakers are one step closer to passing new measures on curbing firearms.
A bi-partisan bill aimed at combating illegal gun trafficking and straw purchasing was approved today.
The measure passed by a vote of 11 to 7.
Only one Republican supported the bill.
The bill would carry penalties of up to 25 years in prison for people buying guns for prohibited individuals who use them in a crime.
Still on the table are votes on the controversial issue of assault weapons and expanded background checks, which are drawing strong opposition from Republican Senators.