U.S. Senate Rejects Gun Control Efforts

11:02 PM, Apr 17, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - An angry President Barack Obama says it "isn't over."

That was his response to the defeat of expanded gun control legislation. Senate Republicans were joined by four rural-state Democrats who sided with a Republican filibuster against the bipartisan measure.

It would have required federal background checks for all gun purchases, including those at gun shows and online.

Speaking in the Rose Garden with some of the parents of victims of the Connecticut school massacre, Obama said the vote happened on a "pretty shameful day" in Washington and said opponents "caved to the pressure" of special interests. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia bluntly accused the National Rifle Association of making false claims about the expansion of background checks that he and Republican Pat Toomey, of Pennsylvania, were backing.

A ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines also fell in a series of showdown votes. A bid to loosen restrictions on concealed weapons carried across state lines was rejected, as well. That last vote was a rare defeat for the National Rifle Association.

Opponents of the proposals said they encroached on Second Amendment rights.

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