All Four Gun Control Proposals Fail to Clear Senate Hurdle
Four gun control measures in the Senate were defeated Monday evening in the first proposed legislation in the wake of the Orlando terror attack.
Two Democratic and two Republican proposals were up for consideration, which focused primarily on changes to the background check system.
“It’s hard to believe, but still true, that our Republican colleagues voted to allow suspected terrorists to buy guns," said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, in a statement after the votes. "We will keep pushing until they see the light.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the Orlando attack shows the best way to prevent attacks by extremists is to defeat such groups overseas.
"Look, no one wants terrorists to be able to buy guns or explosives," McConnell said. He suggested that Democrats were using the day's votes "as an opportunity to push a partisan agenda or craft the next 30-second campaign ad," while Republicans wanted "real solutions."
Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said after the votes that he thinks there may be other votes on terrorism or guns later this week.
The Senate is voting on four gun control measures today, none of which are expected to actually pass.
The proposals address changes to the background check system as well as restrictions on gun sales for those on terror watch lists, among other areas.
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Democrats are expected to block two Republican amendments, arguing that they fall short in controlling the sales of firearms. In turn, Republicans are certain to block two Democratic amendments, contending they threaten the constitutional rights of gun owners.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch told Fox News Sunday that she also supported Cornyn’s proposal. Lynch said such an amendment would give the federal government the ability to stop a sale to somebody on the terror watch list.
Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen was added to a government watch list of individuals known or suspected of being involved in terrorist activities in 2013, when he was investigated for inflammatory statements to co-workers. But he was pulled from that database when that investigation was closed 10 months later.
Both the Feinstein and Cornyn amendments would try to ensure that individuals like Mateen who had been a subject of a terrorism investigation within the last five years are flagged.
Watch the report above, and check back for results from the vote.