By ROBERT LAURIE - One down.
The Manchin-Toomey bill that would have expanded background checks for firearms has failed to pass the Seante. The vote was 54-46, and was presided over by none other than Vice President Joe Biden himself.
This is a big set back for the gun control crowd, since it was the only piece of gun control legislation that was considered to be "bipartisan." For that reason, it was thought to be the most likely to pass.
The four GOP members who voted to pare down your 2nd Amendment rights were:
The five Dems who offered a "NO" vote -protecting the 2nd Amendment - were:
Knowing it was already defeated, Senator Harry Reid himself cast the last "No" vote. This is a procedural ploy which, according to Senate rules, will allow him to bring the bill back later.