Senate overcomes filibuster, votes to open debate on gun bill
April 11th, 2013
11:40 AM ET
2 years ago

Senate overcomes filibuster, votes to open debate on gun bill

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to overcome a Republican-led filibuster against tougher gun laws, clearing the way for a major congressional debate on a package of proposals sought by President Barack Obama in the aftermath of the Connecticut school massacre.

The procedural vote followed a breakthrough by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, on broadening background checks to include private purchases at gun shows and on the Internet.

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  1. Mr. Nope

    Your feelings are not greater than my rights.

    April 11, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. James H

    @Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Wrong. Jarred Loughner was restrained because his extended 32 round magazine jammed. It literally takes 2-3 seconds to change a magazine. Clearing a jam can take considerable more time. You really know nothing about the things you wish to ban, do you? It's also quite clear from your other posts that you know nothing about current firearm laws and regulations.

    April 11, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Yep, it's me

    @Bob

    On your point #2 – That is not necessarily true. I personally know someone who legally bought an AK-47 from a legal firearms dealer (on the Internet, no less) DURING the last assault weapons ban. It was legal because it did not have more than 2 "menacing features," i.e. "scary-looking doo-dads." In his case, the bayonet lug was ground off, thereby removing a feature. It could still use 30rd+ mags.

    April 11, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. Amy C

    Matt – I'm glad you don't mind infringing upon others' rights (millions of legal AK and AR owners who use their guns for sport) as long as your rights are not infringed upon. This is the height of hypocrisy.

    April 11, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    To the "good man with a gun" argument crowd, the Gifford shooter was jumped by bystanders as he was reloading. To those NRA members with a sense of perspective, why are your dues going to pay for Lil Wayne's bodyguards-you know, the bodyguards L'il Wayne claims those liberal elites unfairly use. Is L'il Wayne afraid of his own shadow? Guns? Maybe he just can't hit the side of a barn.

    April 11, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. James H

    @Lovecrafty

    I suggest you pull out your dictionary and look up the word "Regulate". You will see that it has more than one meaning. Another common use of "Regulate" means to keep in proper working order. See definitions 3 and 4 below.

    verb (used with object), reg·u·lat·ed, reg·u·lat·ing.
    1. to control or direct by a rule, principle, method, etc.: to regulate household expenses.
    2. to adjust to some standard or requirement, as amount, degree, etc.: to regulate the temperature.
    3. to adjust so as to ensure accuracy of operation: to regulate a watch.
    4. to put in good order: to regulate the digestion.

    April 11, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. wade

    That is good there should be debate. Getting background checks is just common sense and does not affect the 2nd amendment at all. Now anything else they try to do I would oppose.

    April 11, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. billy blanks

    Banning SEMI-AUTOMATIC weapons based on purely aesthetic reasons is ludicrous.

    April 11, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Obomber

    why arent these gun grabbing traitors being arrested for treason, these are infringements against the 2nd amendment period. backround check would not have prevented the mass shootings or even the fake staged ones like Sandy Hook or the Batman shooting, if anyone needs gun controlo its Obama and Holder who sell automatic weapons to terrorists in Egypt,Syria and Mexican drug cartels. Impeach Obama now and send that idiot and his followers back to Kenya they want their idiot back

    April 11, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. Obomber

    More treason from the gun grabbing traitors in this country, every day we lose more rights

    April 11, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. Donnie the Lion

    Good. At least vote on it. I don't my representative coming back to me at election time saying "Shucks, I was going to do the right thing, but they wouldn't even let me vote." That's lame.

    April 11, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. tarura

    Gun ban the highest priority for dems – when they controlled both houses they failed to pass a budget.

    5 years of gov operation with no budget, leaves room for confrontation over continuing resolution.
    Dem Senate voted down Obama's budget 99-0 last time I checked. New budget is on the same route.

    Obama is getting to close to compete destruction of this country.

    April 11, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. jack

    I live in a state, ( Ironically the Land of Lincoln ) that bans ammo purchase from the internet, and if a gun is purchased by internet, the gun has to be sent to an FFL for pick-up, with a waiting period of 24 to 72 hours, the gun is registered at pick-up, your ID recorded. Gun owners have to get FOID (firearms owner ID) cards from the government to even touch a gun or purchase ammo from a gun dealer or sports shop here in this state. We also had the most gun deaths in the nation last year. You can pass every law in the world. Bad guys, crazy people don't give a flip. If you wish to give up any of your amendment rights. This isn't the one. Pick another one that you can live without, then ask yourself if that is the right one, one you don't really thnk you will miss. Others will vehemently disagree no matter which one it is. Hate to see good people die from craziness but evil and crazy cannot and will not ever be banished from society. I follow the laws of our great country but please do not punish me for the sins of others.

    April 11, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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