Senate Votes Down Gun Control Reform Measures in Wake of Orlando Massacre

Four proposals are rejected a week after the deadliest mass shooting in American history killed 49 people and injured more than 50 others

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The U.S. Senate shot down four measures that would have bolstered gun control on Monday.

In votes that went largely along party lines, two Republican-backed measures that aimed to raise funds for the national background check system and allowed a judicial review system to keep a person on a terror watch list from buying a gun were voted down by 53-47. The National Rifle Association backed the latter, which came from Texas Senator John Cornyn’s measure.

Two Democratic measures were also rejected. One, voted down by 44-56, sought to expand background checks for gun sales and close gun show loopholes. The other sought to ban all sales of guns to suspected terrorists. The measure was backed by the Justice Department and failed 47-53.

All four measures failed to garner the 60 votes need to pass the Senate.

Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut waged a 14-hour filibuster last week to force a vote on gun control measures.

Monday’s vote came just over a week after Omar Mateen shot and killed 49 people and injured 53 others in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

There have been no major changes in gun legislation since April 2007, following the Virginia Tech massacre, which prompted Congress to pass a law to strengthen the instant-background check system.