Published June 21, 2016
WASHINGTON— The U.S. Senate voted down four measures that would have put control on guns in the United States. The four measures came just over a week since the Orlando shooting that killed 49 people in a deadly massacre.
Partisan politics, along with strong influence by the National Rifle Association (NRA), played into the senators’ votes on Monday.
Here is how your Senate Committee on Indian Affairs members voted on the bill to authorize the Attorney General to deny requests to transfer a firearm to known or suspected terrorists:
John Barrasso, Chairman (WY) Nay
John McCain, Member (AZ) Nay
Lisa Murkowski, Member (AK) Nay
John Hoeven, Member (ND) Nay
James Lankford, Member (OK) Nay
Steve Daines, Member (MT) Nay
Michael Crapo, Member (ID) Nay
Jerry Moran, Member (KS) Nay
Jon Tester, Vice Chairman (MT) Yea
Maria Cantwell, Member (WA) Yea
Tom Udall, Member (NM) Yea
Al Franken, Member (MN) Yea
Brian Schatz, Member (HI) Yea
Heidi Heitkamp, Member (ND) Nay
The other three bills were voted on Monday were voted down along partisan lines. Senator Heitkamp, while a Democrat, voted with the Republicans on all four bills proposed.
The defeat of the four measures means there will be no gun control reforms in all probability until the next Congress because members don’t want to vote on such sensitive issues during election years.
The votes were similar to the votes that were cast in the weeks after the Sandy Hook shooting when the Senate could not vote for more restrictive gun control in the country.
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