Update: The ambitious gun controls advocated by President Obama failed in a Senate vote on Wednesday, which included measures to restrict magazine size, certain types of firearms termed “assault weapons” and a background check amendment. President Obama made a statement after the voting was finished in which he said, “All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington.” 

In a Senate vote on Wednesday afternoon, Senators Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) and Partick Toomey’s (R-PA) proposal lacked the necessary 60 votes to pass a filibuster. Their background check amendment was considered by some to be a bipartisan compromise between both gun control supporters and opponents, but ultimately a number of undecided senators voted against the proposal. The final vote came to 54-46.

According to The Washington Post, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) tried to gather support for the amendment just before the vote.

“If tragedy strikes again…if innocents are gunned down in a classroom, theater or restaurant, I would have trouble living with myself as a senator, as a husband, a father, or grandfather and friend, knowing that I didn’t do everything in my power to prevent that incident,” Reid said to his colleagues.

Many senators thought the amendment signified too great of an overreach by the government in private sales. The proposal was also rejected by the National Rifle Association and many gun owners’ associations.

You can read more about the background check amendment here.

After the vote on the background check amendment, Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) “assault weapons” ban also failed to pass, with the final vote coming in at 40-60. Senator Reid had previously exuded the much contested measure from the broader gun control bill. At the time it signified the low probability of the ban to achieve the necessary number of votes.  You can read more about Senator Feinstein’s ban here.

Image from Stephen Z on the flickr Creative Commons

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5 thoughts on “Manchin-Toomey Background Check, Assault Weapons Ban Amendments Fail in Senate

  1. Glad the senate had common sense not to pass that nonsense. Its a shame how Obama has taken advantage of the traveling Sandy Hook victims for his political gain. Then for him to scold the senate was sickening. Thank you Senate for not being bullied and standing up for “we the people”.The Sandy Hook victims had their say and now its over. But naturally the gun rights battle continues because Obama wants it to continue. We already have background checks and enough gun laws. Obama fails to listen to reason because he has his own agenda.

  2. Now the good sportsmen and women of CT. need to get together and sue Malloy for violation of our Constitutional rights and at the same time, get him out of office. He screwed up Stamford and he’s screwing up the state.

  3. I do not trust this gov. But that said I do not have anything to hide about buying guns. If the push to keep the mentally ill or others from getting gun then I’m for it

  4. Thank You to the Senators that lived up to their Constitutional Oath, and voted no. Shame on the Senators that voted yes against what they swore to uphold
    (The United States Constitution)
    Those that voted yes are all guilty of Treason and deserve to be removed
    from their position as Senator (Traitors one and all)

  5. When ObaMao calls something “shameful”, you know it’s probably good for the country, for human rights and for the constitution.

    Did anyone notice that on Wednesday, during media coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing …there was a sudden release to the media by “un-named law enforcement insiders” that they were leaning towards this being a case of “domestic terrorism”? They haven’t said exactly why or how they came up with that statement.

    Hmmm… the vote was taking place on Wednesday. What are the odds that they knew FULL WELL this wasn’t domestic, but were hoping to pressure senators into voting for the gun control bill?

    Here’s the difference…
    – If it was foreigners committing terrorism, then it becomes an argument AGAINST gun control.
    – If it was a domestic gun owner committing terrorist acts, then it would be an argument FOR gun control.

    Therefore, the ObaMao administration had a vested interest in this being a domestic terrorist. They pulled strings to allow that “leak” to propagate through the media in order to influence the vote.

    In reality, it was ObaMao’s executive branch that dropped the ball. ObaMao had the FBI focusing on returning vets, retired military, and gun owners as “potential threats”. While they were investigating the most patriotic of our citizenry, they completely overlooked the real terrorists.

    They had a folder on these guys who were radical Muslims, who ran a jihadi website, who they had been warned about by another government. Had anyone been tasked to actually watch this little ‘sleeper cell’, they would have put the pieces together, and might have stopped the Boston Marathon bombing.

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