Gun Control Measures Defeated in Senate

After Democrats used a 15-hour filibuster last week to force the Senate to vote on a series of gun-control measures, they got their wish.

Republican leaders allowed the Senate to vote on several pieces of legislation, two from Democrats and two from Republicans. All were roundly rejected.

The first proposal to be rejected with a 53-47 vote was 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 the NICS database. It also included a provision to alert law enforcement agencies when an individual who was on a government terror watch list in the past five years buys a gun, according to CNN.com.

According to this story from controversialtimes.com, any time a terror watchlist suspect tries to buy a gun, the FBI is notified of that attempt, under existing laws.

Another measure defeated in the Senate yesterday was Sen. Diane Feinstein’s (D-CA) “no fly, no buy” amendment, which would have blocked people on a terrorist watch list banning them from flying while under investigation from buying a gun. Opponents cited a lack of due process in the terrorist watchlist process.

Sen. John Coryn’s (R-TX) amendment would have given the Attorney General power to delay gun purchases for up to 72 hours by anyone suspected of terrorism or investigated for terrorism in the past five years. This was also already covered by existing laws that require such purchases to be reported to the FBI. It was also defeated.

A bill from Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) intended to closed the so-called “gun show loophole,” meaning removing provisions for any and all private sales. It would have also expanded background checks. Again, this measure was voted down by the Senate.