Results of Senate Gun Control Fight

John Richardson did the hard work so I don’t have to. Good news? Neither gun control amendment even got a bare majority. I’m not sure a supermajority was required here because it was a reconciliation bill, but I could be wrong.

Manchin-Toomey got 6 fewer votes than it did last time in 2013 after Sandy Hook. To Toomey’s credit, he did vote against Feinstein’s amendment, which is the terror watch list prohibition.

The only Democrat to vote against both bills was Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. Four Republicans voted in favor of Manchin-Toomey, the same four that voted for it last time: Toomey, McCain, Collins, and Kirk. This prompted the following tweet:

7 Responses to “Results of Senate Gun Control Fight”

  1. DaleND says:

    Heidi Heitkamp is from NORTH Dakota. When it comes to guns she seems to “get it”.

    • Sebastian says:

      Yes. Sorry. I’d say what’s the difference, but having been to both states, I was struck by what a difference there is between North and South Dakota.

  2. Dave says:

    all this ballyhooing that the NRA owns the Republicans, yet… where was the amendment stuffing national reciprocity on to any of the legislation? or FOPA amendments?

    What exactly is NRA-ILA doing with our money?

    • Sigivald says:

      What exactly is NRA-ILA doing with our money?

      Spreading the word and lobbying and rallying voters to call their representatives, to stop increased gun control?

      Not wasting political capital on reciprocity, which is both not that popular and also dubiously Constitutional*.

      (* As being outside of the Federal purview.

      I don’t buy “Full Faith And Credit” clause arguments there any more than I did on gay marriage – which I’m also broadly in favor of.)

  3. Susan says:

    As sorry as the GOP is, at least they are sort of pro second Amendment.

  4. RAH says:

    This is why having pro 2 A Senators and Representatives in office is important This came too fast to lobby against by phone calls. We have 3 GOP Senators that need to be primaried : Toomey, McCain and Collins. Getting rid of anti gun democrats is harder but can be done slowly as long as we keep our eye on the 2 A anti gun candidates and go against them.

  5. RAH says:

    At the same Senate vote Rand Paul’s amendment to allow CCW for DC and reciprocity for DC lost also but closer 54 to 45. This positive result was not mentioned.