Democrats Force GOP Gun Control Vote After 15-Hour Filibuster

A nearly 15-hour filibuster led by Senate Democrats until early Thursday paved the way for “high-profile congressional votes on restricting firearms just days after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history,” writes Politico.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and fellow Senate Democrats officially ceded the floor early Thursday morning, writes the news outlet:

 Despite the flurry of activity, though, the two sides appeared no closer to an agreement on gun legislation that can pass the Senate.

Still, the chamber is likely to vote on two Democratic-backed gun measures: a proposal from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) meant to bar those on federal terror watch lists from obtaining firearms, and a plan from Murphy and Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) mandating background checks for sales at gun shows and over the internet. Republicans are expected to put forward two of their own proposals for votes.

“We’ve gotten to a place where we’re going to get votes on these important amendments,” Murphy, who had led the rhetorical charge on the Senate floor, said shortly before 1:30 a.m. Thursday. “What would’ve been unacceptable is to spend this entire week on legislative business that was irrelevant to the epidemic of gun violence that has been made more real than ever.”

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