The US Senate, voting largely along party lines, defeated a Democratic measure Monday aimed at expanding background checks for individual gun sales, a blow to reform efforts in the wake of the Orlando massacre.
The amendment, put forward by Senator Chris Murphy who staged a 15-hour marathon Senate speech pressing for common sense gun control in the aftermath of the attack on a Florida gay club, failed to clear a procedural hurdle, going down 44 votes to 56.
A Republican measure expanding funding for the background check system also failed to advance.
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