Senators vote against gun control measures

Senators vote against gun control measures

GEORGIA (WTOC) - In the wake of the Orlando Nightclub shooting, the US Senate took up four different gun bills - two Republican plans and two Democratic plans - all four were voted down.

Georgia's delegation is weighing in Tuesday on how they voted.

Congress voted on competing Republican and Democratic proposals to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists.  All four proposals went down in defeat, largely along divided party lines.

Each measure fell short of the 60 votes needed to go forward. Republicans defeated Democratic plans to expand background checks on firearms bought online and at gun shows, and a proposal that would have stopped people on the No-Fly List and terrorist watch list from buying guns.

Meanwhile, the Democrats stopped Republican proposals that would have required a court order showing probable cause to block the sale of a gun. And a plan that would allow the mentally ill to challenge their diagnosis in order to buy guns.

We talked with Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson on the phone from Washington Tuesday. The Senator said he supported what he described as two common sense measures put forth by Republicans that would keep weapons out of the hands of suspected terrorists, while ensuring that the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens are not infringed upon.

"Georgia is very much a pro Second Amendment state, I think you would find Georgians pretty upset if you started restricting Second Amendment rights. In the same token, I think Georgians would respond well, if we went after terrorist and start attacking them, not wait for them to attack us and got aggressive on protecting our own citizens," said Sen. Johnny Isakson, (R) GA.

A group of lawmakers Tuesday afternoon unveiled a fifth plan - one they call a "bipartisan compromise" - to keep firearms out of the hands of terrorists. The compromise would block anyone on the No-Fly List or the TSA Selectee List from being able to instantly purchase a firearm. "Legislate with the best of intentions, but people overcome the best of intentions every time. If you take a terrorist or been on a terrorism list, they will find a way to get a weapon, because the law says they can't get one, doesn't mean they are not going to get it. What you have to do is make the punishment for that type of thing so painful, that they don't do it."

Both lists have a combined 109,000 about 27,000 are Americans. No word yet, if this compromise will make it to the floor for a vote yet.

We also heard from South Carolina Congressman Mark Sanford who says since this is an election year, he doesn't expect any movement on the gun issue this year.

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