Senate is set to vote on gun control measures next week following Democratic filibuster and the killings in Orlando

Friday, June 17, 2016
By Paul Martin

Votes on ‘gun show loophole’ and ban on purchases by people on terror watch list could occur Monday
Democrats secured the promise of a vote after 15-hour filibuster
Murphy told CNN he’s skeptical there are the requisite 60 votes to require background checks for gun show purchases – but said there may be enough votes to prevent people on terror watch list from buying guns
Republicans to offer competing proposals
All the proposals have failed to clear the Senate in the past
Any action could still run into big roadblock in the House, where gun rights supporters and the powerful NRA hold sway
16 June 2016

A decades-long battle over gun control in the United States could reach a critical stage next week in the U.S. Senate amid signs that Americans are more willing to accept limited restrictions after a Florida nightclub massacre.

It is far from likely any new measures will be approved in the short term. But the Orlando mass shooting and remarks from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump that perhaps something should be done this time have fostered a mood that has made the unlikely seem at least remotely possible.

As President Barack Obama was in Orlando consoling the survivors of a rampage by a gunman who claimed allegiance to Islamic State militants, the U.S. Senate moved closer to scheduling votes on limited gun control measures.

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