US Senate defeats anti-gun legislation

by MATTHEW REECE,  |  published on April 19, 2013

The efforts of the Obama administration to impose new limits on the right to keep and bear arms suffered a resounding defeat on Wednesday, as the proposal to extend background checks only gained 54 of the 60 votes it needed to pass. Measures to re-institute an assault weapon ban as well as a ban on high-capacity magazines failed by larger margins (40-60 and 46-54, respectively).

“All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington,” Obama said angrily as he delivered his response to the nation.

The school shooting in Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 14, 2012 brought the issue of gun control into the forefront of political discourse.

An amendment from Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) would have replaced the existing gun-control bill with a plan to “address gun violence, improve the availability of records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, address mental illness in the criminal justice system, and end straw purchases and trafficking of illegal firearms.” It was rejected on a 52-48 vote.

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