Senate Gun Control

Defeat of background check plan tees up protracted battle on gun control

by  |  published on April 18, 2013

Supporters of new gun control legislation are vowing to ramp up their campaign for expanded background checks despite suffering a major defeat in the Senate Wednesday, threatening to overpower the gun lobby even if it takes years.

Likewise, critics of the legislation vowed to ensure any future proposals protect both “the lives and liberty” of Americans, teeing up a protracted legislative battle.

A Senate proposal to expand background checks to gun shows and Internet sales, while exempting personal transactions, failed on a 54-46 vote Wednesday. It needed 60 to pass.

Opponents, which included Republicans and rural-state Democrats, said the measure would infringe on Second Amendment rights by imposing a burden on law-abiding gun owners while doing little to stop criminals. They also repeated the concern that the system could lead to a gun registry, though the amendment language prohibited this.

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