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Update: All 4 gun control measures forced by filibuster get voted down


5:55 p.m. – update: As many expected, all four measures – two from Democrats, two from Republicans – were voted down by the Senate Monday afternoon. Final votes are in each of the proposal sections below.


On Monday evening, the U.S. Senate is voting on a few measures aimed at increasing gun control in the wake of the Orlando club shooting.

The votes are coming after a number of senators, including Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, participated in a 14-hour filibuster last week, demanding a vote on these stricter gun control measures.

The goal of the proposals is to prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns, and strengthen background checks for potential gun buyers.

But here's the thing: They aren't expected to pass.

The first votes on these proposals is Monday at 4:30 p.m. Here's a look at them, which are all amendments to a Justice Department spending bill.

'No-fly, no-buy'

It's an amendment proposed by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California that would help stop terrorists from buying guns and explosives, a news release says. It gives the attorney general the authority to block the sale of guns to known or suspected terrorists – but it doesn't just apply to people on the no-fly list, USA Today explains.

The Republican alternative to Feinstein's amendment is a proposal from Sen. John Cornyn of Texas. His plan would also let the attorney general block a gun sale if the buyer has been investigated for terrorism in the past five years – but the attorney general has three days to prove in court there was probable cause that the buyer has ties to terrorism.

Both bills would require law enforcement be informed when someone on the terror watch list attempts to buy a weapon from a licensed dealer, the Washington Post explains.

Update: As expected, both of these amendments didn't make it. Feinstein's and Cornyn's amendments were each dropped 53-47.

More for background checks

The proposal from Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, would close the "gun show loophole" – it would require every person buying a gun at a show or online to undergo a background check, as well as expand the background check database.

The Republican alternative, from Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, proposed an amendment that would increase funding for background checks, but wouldn't expand mandatory checks to gun shows or online, NBC News says. It also includes provisions about mental health.

Update: Yep, both of these measures fell short of the 60 votes needed for the Senate to pass it, Reuters reports. It was 53-47 for Grassley's, and Murphy's 56-44.

Why they'll likely get blocked

First off, Republicans and Democrats couldn't come up with a compromise, which is why there are these four separate amendments. Reports say this all but guarantees the measures won't get passed during this election season.

Democrats will likely block the two Republican amendments because they don't do enough to control the sale of guns, FOX News says. While Republicans are expected to block the Democratic amendments, with the argument they threaten gun owners' constitutional rights.

And it doesn't look like there will be a compromise, NBC News says, noting Democrats see their stance as winning in the eyes of the public – and they'd rather make the GOP look like they'll do whatever the gun lobby says ahead of the November election.

Even if a compromise passes the Senate, it will likely die in the Republican-led House, NBC News notes.

So why vote at all?

NBC News says the votes are forcing senators to take a public stance in the wake of a mass shooting, and forces them to debate the controversial issue in a "high profile way."

And the Washington Post points out the vote will let both Democrats and Republicans "stake out their political turf" around a major issue in a campaign year. Both sides are also being urged by their presidential candidates to take some kind of action – the paper notes this is "an especially noteworthy development for Republicans."

The last time the Senate voted on gun control legislation was following the San Bernardino shooting, which left 14 people dead, USA Today says. They took up similar proposals to the ones being voted on Monday.

All those proposals failed.

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