Senate gun compromise survives first test vote

USA Today

WASHINGTON – The Senate voted to allow further consideration of bipartisan legislation banning gun sales to people on the no-fly list.

Senate Republicans could have killed the measure, but some sided with Democrats in allowing it to go forward. But it is not clear it has enough support to pass. Fifty-two senators voted to keep considering the bill, but it will ultimately need 60 votes to be adopted.  

Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, had called it a “test vote to see what it looks like.”

The effort to forge the compromise began last week after Democrats led by Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy filibustered for nearly 15 hours on the Senate floor demanding a vote on gun control. The chamber took votes Monday defeating four partisan gun proposals largely along party lines.

In order to succeed with the current party split in the Senate, legislation needs support from both sides of the aisle, so those advocating any changes to gun laws have shifted their hopes to the compromise proposal crafted by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine., and a handful of colleagues from both parties, even though it’s a narrow sliver of what gun control advocates had called for after the massacre Jun 12 in Orlando.

It would ban sales to roughly 109,000 people, including 2, 700 Americans, who are on two lists: The no-fly list, which prevents them from boarding commercial planes flying to, from or over the United States; and a so-called “selectee list,” which mandates they receive extra scrutiny at airports before flying.

The measure, proposed as an amendment to a spending bill funding the Justice Department, would allow individuals denied firearms to appeal in court. It would also mandate notification of law enforcement if someone who was on broader terrorism watch lists within the past five years tries to buy a gun.

Orlando shooter Omar Mateen had been on a watch list in 2013 and 2014 but was taken off when the FBI closed its investigation of Mateen. He legally purchased a semi-automatic rifle and pistol before launching the killing spree at Pulse nightclub that left 49 dead and 53 others injured.

Under Collins’ amendment, federal authorities would have had to have been notified of the purchases, giving them an opportunity to surveil him and possibly prevent his tragic scheme.

While public attention shifted to the Democrats’ sit-in on the House floor demanding a vote there on gun control, Collins and supporters of her amendment have quietly been trying to drum up votes.

Before the vote, she said she was unsure what the outcome would be.

“It’s so difficult to predict around here,” she said. “It’s a moving target, so I just don’t know, but I’m happy that at least we’re going to get a vote.”

At a press conference Tuesday where she unveiled the proposal, seven senators joined her to voice their support, including three fellow Republicans. Democratic Leader Harry Reid, Nev., added his endorsement Wednesday.

“Even though it may be a small step forward, at least it is a step forward,” he said.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/06/23/senate-poised-vote-susan-collins-gun-compromise/86288040/

7 thoughts on “Senate gun compromise survives first test vote

  1. This whole banning people on lists is nonsense. Either you have enough to convict someone of a crime or you don’t. People who have not committed a crime should not have their rights violated in any way. This isn’t minority report where rights can be taken for thought crimes.

    1. “People who have not committed a crime should not have their rights violated in any way.”

      ???

      People who HAVE committed ‘crimes’ don’t deserve to have their rights violated EITHER. The majority of ‘crimes’ on the books these day aren’t really crimes. They’re designed for one purpose – to extract mammon from the masses… through the court system, incarceration, or both.

      And NO ONE deserves to have their UNALIENABLE right to a firearm taken away, except for the obvious violent cases (murder, rape, armed robbery, etc…)

  2. “Senate Republicans could have killed the measure…”

    But they didn’t and they won’t.

    Any conflict between D or R is a dog and pony show to keep brain-dead idiots cheering for their favorite team.

    Newsflash for them, both teams are carrying the ball the same direction against you and the game is rigged.

    Pads ain’t gonna help in this situation. You’re gonna need something heavier to make it to the 4th quarter.

  3. Shall Not Be Infringed

    …unless you are placed on some secret gov list by some arbitrary process by some secret people because they do not want you to have guns.

    Tyranny Abounds

  4. “Senate gun compromise survives first test vote”

    Big surprise.

    The Senate won’t survive the Treason Trials, however.

  5. “At a press conference Tuesday where she unveiled the proposal, seven senators joined her to voice their support, including three fellow Republicans. Democratic Leader Harry Reid, Nev., added his endorsement Wednesday.

    “Even though it may be a small step forward, at least it is a step forward,” he said.”

    Spoken like a true Communist. “MARCH FORWARD!”.

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