WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate was unable to pass legislation that would require background checks for gun. Due to procedural steps agreed to by both sides, all the amendments considered Wednesday required 60 votes to pass. The final vote was 54 in favor to 46 opposed with four Republicans joining most Democrats in supporting the compromise.
Both of New York U.S. Senators voted in favor of the measure. Following the failed vote, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called it one of the most deeply disappointing days of her short time in the U.S. Senate – saying it was a missed opportunity to take comprehensive action towards ending senseless gun violence with truly common sense reforms, which do nothing to infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens.