Gun Control News 2013: Senate Defeats Filibuster Attempt of New Gun Regulations
The U.S. Senate has successfully avoided a filibuster of new gun control measures introduced today, in a rare show of bipartisanship for the often-deadlocked body.
"By a 68-31 margin, senators moved to open formal consideration of a package of reforms to expand background checks, improve school safety and combat gun trafficking," the Los Angeles Times writes.
Still, 16 Republicans senators voted not to begin debate, as did two Democratic senators. One Democrat did not cast a vote.
Republicans had threatened to filibuster the bill, claiming that new gun control measures violate the Second Amendment. "This bill is a clear overreach that will predominantly punish and harass our neighbors, friends and family," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said.
But more than 100 days after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 20 children and six adults dead, the Senate will finally consider new regulations on firearms.