Senate votes to block expanded gun sale background checks

Senate votes to block expanded gun sale background checks

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A major setback tonight for the Whitehouse and those in favor of gun control. Wednesday the Senate blocked a vital background check amendment which was the backbone of the Democrats' gun control bill.

President Obama is outraged with Senate GOP lawmakers and even lashed out at them and the gun lobby, after the Senate failed to pass gun background checks.

The failure of the background check proposal, which was authored by Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, and Republican Senator Pat Toomey, now puts all proposed gun control legislation in jeopardy.

The proposal would have expanded background checks to gun shows and internet sales while exempting personal transactions.

The amendment was aimed at winning over reluctant conservatives, who were opposed to the more stringent background check plan in the existing bill.

Wednesday, President Obama said, "The gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill."

Michael Cargill, who owns Central Texas Gunworks told FOX 7, the Senate made the right decision.

"Today the U.S. Senate sent a clear message by bi-partisanship that we are not going to adhere to any pressure from other countries or the United Nations, that we will adhere to our constitution," Cargill said.

"But instead of supporting this compromise, the gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill. They claimed that it would create some sort of Big Brother gun registry - even though the bill did the opposite. This legislation in fact outlawed any registry. Plain and simple -- right there in the text," President Obama said. "... Families that know unspeakable grief summoned the courage to petition their elected leaders. Not just to honor the memory of their children, but to protect the lives of all of our children. A few minutes ago, a minority in the United States Senate decided it wasn't worth it. They blocked common sense gun reforms even while these families looked on from the Senate gallery."

The Senate also voted down an assault weapons ban Wednesday.

President Obama vows to continue the gun control fight. He says this is just round one in his administration's efforts to stop gun violence.

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