WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats get their long-sought votes on gun control after the massacre in Orlando, Florida, but election-year politics ensure no changes in the nation’s laws.
Democrats are expected to vote Monday to block two Republican amendments, saying they don’t do enough.
Republicans are expected to block two Democratic amendments, saying they threaten the rights of gun owners.
The votes are the result of a deal after Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut filibustered for almost 15 hours Wednesday and Thursday in response to the shooting that killed 49 people and wounded 53.
Murphy yielded the floor Thursday just after 2 a.m., Thursday saying Republican leaders had promised votes on amendments to expand background checks and ban gun sales to suspected terrorists.
The two Republican amendments are alternatives to the Democratic proposals.