U.S. Senate Blocks Gun Background Checks & Feinstein’s Assault Ban

Posted: April 18, 2013 in Opportunity

CBS San Francisco

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS/AP) — U.S. Senate Republicans backed by a small band of rural-state Democrats scuttled the most far-reaching gun control legislation in two decades on Wednesday, refusing to tighten background checks on firearms buyers or ban assault weapons as they spurned the personal pleas of families of the victims of last winter’s elementary school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.

“This effort isn’t over,” President Barack Obama vowed at the White House moments after the defeat on one of his top domestic priorities. Obama, surrounded by Newtown relatives, said opponents of the legislation “caved to the pressure” of special interests in casting their votes.

An attempt by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) to ban assault-style rifles went down, too, and a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines faced the same fate in a series of showdown votes four months after a gunman killed 20 elementary school children and six staff members at…

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