14-hour filibuster ends, gun control legislation vote expected Thursday morning
It took 14 hours before Senate Republican leaders agreed to allow votes on two proposed gun control measures. Democratic Senator Chris Murphy, from Connecticut, led the filibuster saying that a compromise must be reached. Forty other senators joined Murphy.
Murphy said he wants Congress to enact tighter restrictions to prevent those with serious criminal histories; those deemed incompetent; and those on terrorism watch lists from buying/owning a firearm. Votes will be held on whether to ban people on the government’s terrorist watch list from obtaining gun licenses and whether to expand background checks to gun shows and internet sales.
The National Rifle Association is opposed to what its leaders called a series of anti-gun bills and amendments, and warned its members Wednesday that the measures are a threat to the right to own firearms.
Lawmakers are expected to return Thursday morning at 10 (ET) to vote.