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The Brief: Senate Votes Down Gun Control

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn's measure aimed at curtailing gun sales to people on the FBI’s terrorist watch list was one of several items considered today in the aftermath of the recent mass shooting in Orlando.

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The recent mass shooting in Orlando has reignited the debate over gun control nationwide, prompting the U.S. Senate to take up four proposals on Monday, but lawmakers ultimately voted them down.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican and majority whip, had proposed a measure aimed at preventing gun sales to people on the FBI’s terrorist watch list. As the Tribune’s Khorri Atkinson writes, “Under Cornyn’s bill, the attorney general would be given 72 hours to prove there was a probable cause for denying a suspected terrorist the ability to purchase a gun. The measure garnered support from the National Rifle Association but failed on a 53-47 vote. It needed 60 votes to pass.”

Critics suggested that Cornyn’s bill lacked the strength needed to make an impact. Cornyn, in turn, argued that the Democrats’ version — which would have allowed the attorney general to ban the sale of guns to known or suspected terrorists if there was 'reasonable belief' the weapons may be used to carry out an attack” — violated the Second Amendment.

Both measures, and two others proposed, failed on Monday. The Houston Chronicle notes that some Democrats saw the Senate votes as a sign of momentum in the gun debate after years of trying, but little more.

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• The House Committee on Higher Education meets at 9 a.m. in the Capitol Extension to hear testimony for its interim charge of reviewing educational opportunities for non-traditional students, such as adults without a high school degree.


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Quote to Note

My amendment is called the Shield Act, and it would stop terrorists from buying guns while ensuring law-abiding citizens placed on a watch list by mistake don't have their rights taken away because of some secret list created by the Obama administration or by this government.”

 — U.S. Sen. John Cornyn on his proposed gun control measure, which died in the Senate

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