On Monday, the Senate overwhelmingly voted against a series of gun control measures that aimed to expand background checks for all firearm sales in the United States, as well as legislation that would have helped prevent suspected terrorists from being able to purchase firearms.
The measures up for vote included a proposal from Senator Dianne Feinstein, which would have given attorney generals the ability to block firearm sales to anyone on the FBI's watch list. Another measure, proposed by Senator Chris Murphy, Senator Cory Booker, and Senator Chuck Schumer, hoped to tackle the "background check loophole": the fact that guns sold online and at gun shows do not require the buyer to undergo a background check.
Also up for vote on Monday was a proposal from Senator John Cornyn, backed by the NRA. His proposed amendment would have given the federal government 72 hours to delay a gun sale to a suspected terrorist. Another amendment, proposed by Senator Chuck Grassley, suggested giving more funding to the National Criminal Instant Background Check System (NICS).
However, regardless of public support for these measures, all of them failed to obtain the 60 votes necessary to pass.
"I'm mortified by today's vote but I'm not surprised by it," Senator Murphy, who spoke on the Senate floor for 15 hours in a gun control filibuster last week, told CNN. "The NRA has a vice-like grip on this place."
The Senate will vote on a fifth option, which would ban gun sales to anyone on the country's no-fly list, as early as Tuesday, but most sources believe it is also unlikely to pass.
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