Senate blocks background check proposal on gun sales
Wed, 17 Apr 2013 22:11:22 GMT —
The U.S. Senate has blocked a proposal to expand background checks on gun sales.
The plan failed to get the 60 votes needed to pass.
The final tally was 54 to 46, with mostly democrats and two republicans voting in favor of the measure.
The proposal was part of a bi-partisan compromise, backed by President Obama, but faced fierce opposition from groups like the National Rifle Association, who say the measure would infringe on the constitutional right to bear arms and inconvenience law-abiding citizens while being easy for criminals to evade
In a press conference this afternoon, the President voiced his frustrations on the blocked proposal calling the day a "pretty shameful day for Washington" and saying those who voted against it "decided it wasn't worth it to protect children's lives."
Congress is still considering other gun control legislation, including a proposed ban on military-style semi-automatic firearms.
To see how each Senator voted on the measure, click here.