Senate rejects expanded gun control proposal
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WASHINGTON (KGUN9-TV/AP) - The Senate has rejected a bipartisan effort to expand federal background checks to more firearms buyers in a crucial showdown over gun control.
Wednesday's vote was a victory for American's everywhere who value their 2nd amendment rights and a jarring blow to the drive to curb firearms ownership.
The roll call was also a victory for the National Rifle Association, which opposed the plan as an ineffective infringement on gun rights.
The proposal would have required background checks for all transactions at gun shows and online. It also would have reinstated and strengthened the ban on assault weapons that was in place from 1994 to 2004, limited ammunition magazines to 10 rounds, and banned the possession of armor-piercing bullets by anyone other than members of the military and law enforcement.
To enhance the current system of background checks, the proposal also contained items calling for a presidential memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.
The proposal also addressed legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may have prevented states from making information available to the background check system.
To improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system, the proposal directed the attorney general to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to "make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks."
The White House says the President will speak on gun control at 5:30 p.m. EDT.