Breaking: Senate defeats gun background check proposal
April 17th, 2013
04:29 PM ET
10 years ago

Breaking: Senate defeats gun background check proposal

(CNN) - In a major defeat for supporters of tougher gun laws, the Senate on Wednesday defeated a compromise proposal to expand background checks on firearms sales.

The bipartisan compromise was championed by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and backed by President Barack Obama in his push for a package of gun laws in the aftermath of the Newtown school massacre.

"On this vote, the yays are 54, the nays are 46. Under the previous order requiring 60 votes for the adoption of this amendment, the amendment is not agreed to," said Vice President Joe Biden, who presided over the vote in his role as president of the Senate.

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soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. rs

    This is how idiotic some people are. You're already required to show an permit at a gun show... which requires a background check...
    This is how idiotic people are- it doesn't work that way in Arizona for example. Got cash? Get a gun. Walk away.

    April 17, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  2. rs

    You have to love the GOP- the"party of life". Theyll break every law,violate the Constitution and take away women's rights fighting for that clump of cells to make it to full-term and birth- then they'll let you get shot.

    April 17, 2013 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. rs


    Wow. When will America ever learn.
    America (well, 90% of us) learned. The GOP did not.

    April 17, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  4. Joe Biden

    Thank god this ill-conceived bill was put down for good. God bless America and the United States constitution.

    April 17, 2013 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Same reason there have been no jobs bills passed -– therefore, no jobs (as repubs promised in their 2010 campaigns).

    April 17, 2013 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  6. Donkey Party

    It can't get any clearer, when the next mass shooting occurs, the blood will be on the hands of the GOP and the NRA.

    April 17, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    So I am thinking that guns and ammo should be treated the same as cigarettes and tobacco –

    Neither is illegal and the people who use them should have to pay a premium so that those who don't do not have to foot the burden of those that do

    ...annual registration fees & taxes on guns and ammo will go to fund our overburdened law enforcemt community as well as the mental health providers to ensure the enforcement of the common sense laws. Additionally it could also supplement money needed to local & state governments who should incarcerate all the non-law abiding gun users.....

    put a higher premium on those that want the highpowered weapons/ammo that cause so much destruction...good way to fund the common sense gun control and enforce said gun control WITHOUT ANYONE TAKING AWAY YOUR RIGHT TO OWN A GUN!!!! Despite what the fear mongering NRA says....
    hmmmm maybe NRA will have to contribute a tax on their membership/nra propaganda products as there is a responsibility – financial and moral – on their part to help prevent misuse of the products they are so "'gun'g ho" in promoting and like BIG TOBACCO the companies that make these dangerous products will have to kick into the kitty as well – this should fund all the loop holes and tighten up the laws we have – and fund the penalties as well

    April 18, 2013 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
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