On Monday, the Senate voted down four gun policy measures.
One bill would have closed the so-called terror gap. To read some concerns about using the war on terror to write gun legislation, go here. There is some concern that not everyone on the terror watch list belongs there, and taking away their right to bear arms is adding insult to injury. How about we fix what ever’s wrong with the list and then use it?
Another measure would have expanded background checks for the purchase of firearms online and at gun shows. The votes were not a surprise — the Republicans are a majority and Republicans tend to shy away from gun legislation (for more on that, go here or, what the hell, go here, to OpenSecrets.org) — but they were a disappointment. The vote came after a nearly 15-hour filibuster by Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, from Connecticut, and Sen. Cory Booker, of New Jersey. How did your senator vote? You can find out here.
From Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence:
“Shame on every single senator who voted against these life-saving amendments and protected the rights of terrorists and other dangerous people to buy guns.”
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court decided not to hear a case that challenges the state of Connecticut’s ban on some semi-assault firearms and large-capacity magazines. That means Connecticut’s law stands. You can read more here. It’s going to be a loooong summer.