By Juliegrace Brufke, DCNF
The Senate voted down four gun amendments tacked onto a Department of Justice spending bill Monday evening.
The measures – two introduced by Democrats and two by Republicans – were attached in the wake of the Orlando terror attack, which left 49 people dead and many more injured at a gay night club.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s amendment was the first to be rejected in a 53-47 vote. It would have allocated more funds to the National Criminal Instant Background Check System and added mental health to the list of components for background checks.
Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut’s amendment to expand universal background checks was the next to be rejected in a 44-56 vote. Murphy had filibustered for nearly 15 hours on June 15 in an attempt to gain traction on the bill.
Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn’s amendment went down in a 53-47 vote and would have required the attorney general to investigate any gun purchase made by someone on the terrorist watch list.
The final vote of the evening, a measure introduced by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, went down in a 47-53 vote. It would have allowed the attorney general to stop a prospective buyer from purchasing a weapon if there was “reasonable belief” it would be used for acts of terror.
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