Update: Senate plans vote on 2 gun control measures after 14-hour filibuster


Update: The Senate filibuster that started at 11:21 a.m. Wednesday ended overnight – officially wrapping up more than 14 hours later.

The lawmaker leading the Democrats' lengthy talks, Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, tweeted that the Senate will vote on two proposals to limit gun sales:

  • One move that would ban people on the federal terror watch list from buying guns.
  • And another that would make background checks on sales at gun shows or over the internet required.

Both Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota's two U.S. senators, took part in the filibuster. You can read the original story below, and check out Politico for more details about how it came to an end.


Minnesota's U.S. Senators joined a filibuster by a fellow Democrat arguing for stricter gun controls – including a ban on gun purchases by people on terrorist watch lists.

Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut started the filibuster at 11:21 a.m., CSPAN 2 says. You can use their link to watch the filibuster live (or from the beginning). Murphy held the floor into the night with help from colleagues who asked long-winded questions.

A filibuster is a tactic used to delay a vote. Unlike the House, the U.S. Senate has no time limit on how long someone can speak.


Murphy is also arguing for an expansion of criminal background checks to include people buying weapons at gun shows or online.

Franken spent time talking about a report from the Government Accountability Office that was made public this week. It says when people on the FBI's terrorist watch list tried to buy guns last year, they were successful in more than 90 percent of the cases.

You can watch Franken's remarks here.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar called the failure to stop those on the terrorist watch list from buying guns "a dangerous loophole." (She spoke at about 7:40 of the CSPAN video.)

Will any changes get passed?

The filibuster was delaying a vote on a government spending bill because Democrats hoped to add a gun control measure to it. The timing was inspired by the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub over the weekend.

While Murphy and his supporters prolonged their floor speeches, negotiations were underway in backrooms at the Senate.

Politico says Democrats and Republicans each have bills that take different approaches on how to stop suspected terrorists from buying guns. The website says Republican John Cornyn of Texas and Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California were exploring common ground but late Wednesday Feinstein said the outlook was not promising.

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