Sen Murphy Leads 15-Hour Filibuster On Gun Control

Updated Thursday, June 16 at 3:35 a.m.

Senate Democrats ended a nearly 15-hour filibuster early Thursday morning after Republican Party leaders reportedly agreed to allow votes on two proposed gun control measures.

At 1:53 a.m. Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, said in a tweet that a compromise had been reached with the GOP. Votes would be held on whether to ban people on the government’s terrorist watch list from obtaining gun licenses and whether to expand background checks to gun shows and internet sales, he added.

Murphy

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Democratic senator from Connecticut is launching a filibuster and demanding a vote on gun control measures. The move comes three days after 49 people were killed in a mass shooting in Orlando.

Sen. Chris Murphy is holding up action in the Senate floor, demanding that Republicans allow votes on those measures. He also referred to the 2012 shooting in his home state, when 20 children and six adults were shot at an elementary school in Newtown. He says he can’t look into the eyes of the children’s families and tell them that Congress has done nothing since.

Last December, Senate Republicans joined the National Rifle Association in opposing legislation that would have let the government bar sales of guns and explosives to people it suspects of being terrorists.

Despite the recent shootings, the prospects for legislation seem unlikely.

© Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments

One Comment

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Connecticut

At The Box Office
Updates From UCONN Country

Listen Live