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Disgusting but Not Surprising: Senate Rejects All Four Gun Control Measures

Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 4:22:51 pm

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Republicans wouldn't even vote to pass the measures they sponsored themselves today.

Just one more spineless, cowardly day for a group of politicians bought and paid for by the NRA.

The NRA has given more than $36 million to the 56 GOP senators who blocked 4 gun control measures today

— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) June 20, 2016

The Senate rejected first a Republican proposal to update the background check system for gun purchases, which would have required states to add more information on mental health records to a national database. It also included a provision to alert law enforcement agencies when an individual who was on a government terror watch list in the last five years buys a gun.

The proposal, sponsored by Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley, failed to get the 60 votes for passage. The vote was 53-47, largely along party lines. Some Senate Democrats warned that the legislation's revised definition of who would be considered mentally ill could potentially still allow those with significant psychological issues to legally purchase guns.

A second proposal to expand the background check system for those buying guns to require checks at gun shows and for online purchases went down 44-56. Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy, who launched a nearly 15-hour filibuster last week to press for new gun restrictions after the Orlando massacre where 49 people were killed, sponsored the proposal.

A Republican proposal to delay gun sales to individuals included on a government terror watch list failed in a mostly party-line vote of 53-47. The measure was sponsored by Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn. The bill would allow a judge to permanently block a purchase if the court determined probable cause that the individual is involved in terrorist activity.

And a Democratic option that sought to bar all gun sales to those individuals on the terror watch list failed 47-53, the second time the proposal went down to defeat after a mass shooting. California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein originally pushed the proposal in December after a shooting in San Bernardino, and revived it after the horrific Orlando nightclub shooting by a gunman who pledged allegiance to the terror group ISIS.

.@ChrisMurphyCT: "I'm mortified by today's vote, but I'm not surprised by it." #enough

— CSPAN (@cspan) June 20, 2016