Senate to vote on gun control measures

Little movement expected, with votes split along party lines.

This frame grab provided by Senate Television shows Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. speaking on the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 15, 2016, where he launched a filibuster demanding a vote on gun control measures. The move comes three days after people were killed in a mass shooting in Orlando. (Senate Television via AP)

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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