As was expected, the Toomey-Manchin gun control amendment to expand background checks for gun purchases failed to get the required 60 votes in the Senate this afternoon. The measure failed 56-44, with four Republicans voting for it -- John McCain, R-Ariz.; Mark Kirk, R-Ill.; Susan Collins, R-Maine; and Pat Toomey, R-Pa. Five Democrats, mostly representing rural pro-gun constituencies, voted against it including Mark Begich, D-Alaska; Mark Pryor, D-Ark; Max Baucus, D-Mont.; and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.
Texas senator John Cornyn announced this morning that he's offering "National Conceal-Carry Reciprocity Legislation" in the Senate, according to a press release from his office.
"U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced an amendment to S. 649 which would guarantee the rights of gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines and within other states that also have conceal-carry laws," the press release from his office reads.
Senator Pat Toomey has finally posted the full text of "The Public Safety And Second Amendment Rights Protection Act," the so called gun Senate compromise bill, agreed upon by Toomey, Joe Manchin, and Chuck Schumer. Here's the text of 7,800 word bill:
Republican Pat Toomey and Democrat Joe Manchin announced a gun bill compromise to expand background checks earlier today. The legislation is in direct response to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December.