By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News June 20, 2016 Updated: 9:10 PM
Senator Chris Murphy (CT) calls for gun control legislation in the wake of the mass shooting in an Orlando LGBT nightclub. Photo: AAP
Last week Democrats staged a nearly 15-hour filibuster urging the Senate to act on gun control, the Senate failed to advance four gun measures Monday night.
The first vote was on the amendment by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, to enhance funding for an existing gun background check system which needed 60 votes to pass. The final vote tally was 53 to 47.
The second vote was on a measure by Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., to expand gun background checks and close the so-called gun show loophole where firearm purchases are not tracked. The final vote tally was 44 to 56.
Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas pushed a measure that would allow the government to delay a gun sale to a suspected terrorrist for 72 hours, but require prosecutors to go to court to show probable cause to block the sale permanently. The National Rifle Associated backed the legislation, but it failed in a final vote of 53 to 47.
The fourth and final vote involved a measure by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to keep people on a government terrorism watch list or other suspected terrorists from buying guns. The Justice Department endorsed her legislation, but it also failed with a final vote count of 47 to 53.
The votes came after Murphy filibustered for almost 15 hours last week seeking action in response to the killing of 49 people in the gay nightclub Pulse by Omar Mateen, a Florida man who pledged his loyalty to ISIS in the midst of the rampage.
The discussion over guns will continue this week, however: Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, reportedly plans to unveil a bipartisan proposal Tuesday that would block suspected terrorists from purchasing guns.