From the Associated Press:
A divided Senate blocked rival election-year plans to curb guns Monday, eight days after the horror of Orlando’s mass shooting intensified pressure on lawmakers to act but knotted them in gridlock anyway — even over restricting firearms for terrorists.
In largely party-line votes, senators rejected one proposal from each side to keep extremists from acquiring guns and a second shoring up the government’s system of required background checks for many firearms purchases.
With the chamber’s visitors’ galleries unusually crowded for a Monday evening — including relatives of victims of past mass shootings and people wearing orange T-shirts saying #ENOUGH gun violence — each measure fell short of the 60 votes needed to progress. Democrats called the GOP proposals unacceptably weak while Republicans said the Democratic plans were too restrictive.
BREAKING: Senate blocks Democratic bill to ban the sale of guns to suspected terrorists.
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 20, 2016
Does the NRA have a secret tape of every Republican senator fucking a goat? It’s really the only explanation. https://t.co/A7STZkGHDQ
— Courtenay Hameister (@Wisenheimer) June 21, 2016
— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) June 21, 2016