Harry Reid

In blow to gun control backers, background check compromise falls 6 votes short

by Carrie Dann, Kelly O'Donnell and Kasie Hunt, NBC News  |  published on April 17, 2013

Despite an impassioned push by President Barack Obama and an emotional lobbying effort by the families of mass shooting victims, proponents of a compromise measure to expand gun background checks on Wednesday fell six votes short of passage in the Senate.

The vote on the amendment was 54 to 46. Sixty votes were needed for the amendment to be adopted.

The deal was the result of a deal struck between Republican Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia. It would have extended existing background check rules to gun sales made online and at gun shows.

As the bill was defeated, Patricia Maisch — a survivor of the Tuscon shooting that targeted former congresswoman Gabby Giffords — yelled “Shame on you!” from the Senate gallery.

After the vote, Maisch said outside the chamber that she screamed when she realized the amendment had been defeated.

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