Jonathan Weisman with the New York Times reports that the gun bill is a no-go. Enough lawmakers in the U.S. Senate voted against the bill, which killed it. This means that there will not, at this time anyway, be expanded background checks on those who want to buy guns.
The gun bill also would have included bans on high-capacity magazines and assault weapons.
These bans may very well have contributed to the bill’s demise, and were fiercely contested by the National Rifle Association, which lobbied extensively in opposition to the bill. As Weisman reports, the NRA spent half a million bucks during yesterday’s debate.
The gun bill appears to have had serious enough flaws for both supporters and opponents of gun control, despite its bipartisan crafting, which is probably the real reason the bill stalled out. “Stiffer penalties” on those accused of gun trafficking, for instance, were voted down, right along with the proposal for expanded background checks.
Of its defeat, President Obama said: “It came down to politics – the worry that the vocal minority of gun owners would come after them in future elections,” according to Olivier Knox with Yahoo! News.