Senate defeats expansion of gun rights

by Stephen Dinan-The Washington Times  |  published on May 9, 2013

The Senate beat back a new push to expand gun rights Wednesday, defeating a plan to let gun owners carry their weapons on federal lands in states where it would otherwise be legal.

Still, Wednesday’s vote drew more support than last month’s efforts to impose new gun controls in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, suggesting that Second Amendment supporters retain the momentum in the gun debate.

The 56-43 vote was four shy of the 60 needed to be adopted under Senate rules.

At stake was the ability to carry weapons firearms on Army Corps of Engineers lands in states where carrying weapons is legal already.

Under federal rules, it is illegal to carry weapons on Corps lands unless specifically for the purpose of hunting. Sen. Tom Coburn, who wrote the amendment, said people should be able to carry weapons for self defense, too — and said it’s already legal on Forest Service and Park Service lands.

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