Senate Rejects Effort To Expand Gun Background Checks

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Washington, DC --  The Senate has rejected a bipartisan effort to expand federal background checks to more firearms buyers in a crucial showdown over gun control.

Wednesday's vote was a jarring blow to the drive to curb firearms sparked by December's massacre of children and staff at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. President Barack Obama made broadened background checks the centerpiece of his gun control proposals.

The roll call was also a victory for the National Rifle Association, which opposed the plan as an ineffective infringement on gun rights.
The proposal would have required background checks for all transactions at gun shows and online. Currently they must occur for sales handled by licensed gun dealers.

The system is designed to keep criminals and people with mental problems from getting guns.

A Look At How Senators Voted From USA TODAY

Yeas (54)

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md.

Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del.

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine

Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Del.

Sen. William "Mo" Cowan, D-Mass.

Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.

Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.

Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C.

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa

Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M.

Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii

Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D.

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine

Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.

Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D.N.H.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.

Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo.

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.

Nays (46)

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.

Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.

Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.

Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark.

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.

Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind.

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.

Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas

Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas

Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.

Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.

Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla.

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.

Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio

Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark.

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.*

Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.

Sen. David Vitter, R-La.

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss.

*Reid voted no as a procedural move so that he would retain the ability under Senate rules to bring up the measure again should supporters believe they've mustered enough votes to secure passage.

Source: U.S. Senate

 

 

Associated Press

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