Democrats Accuse GOP Of Selling Guns To ISIS After Failed Senate Vote

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Jun. 20 2016, Updated 8:46 p.m. ET

Even after a 15-hour filibuster, Congress’ latest attempt at gun control failed a crucial vote in the Senate. There were four measures being debated, two by Republicans and two by Democrats, with the aim of keeping guns from possible terrorists and other potentially dangerous individuals. The failed effort shows that Congress’s gridlock still holds, even just a few days after the second worst terror attack on U.S. soil.

Lawmakers were already pessimistic. ABC News reported that even one of the measures’ co-sponsors, Democratic Senator Chris Murphy, was a bit reluctant about his bill’s chances.

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“I think the background checks bill is going to be tough to pass… But keeping terrorists from buying guns – I think we might be able to pass that.”

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Turns out, none were able to pass. According to USA Today, Murphy’s bill would have expanded background checks to gun shows, closing what’s sometimes called the “gun show loophole,” and to expand the background check database.

Another proposal, co-sponsored by Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein, would allow the attorney general to deny a gun sale based on a “reasonable belief” the buyer intended to engage in terrorism. Right now, the attorney general needs “probable cause” to stop the sale. Those bills failed to get the 60 votes needed to proceed in Congress.

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