"It’s a big win for Democrats in that 16 Republicans crossed the aisle to even consider the gun legislation, but the vote is only the opening move in what could be a drawn-out floor fight that will center on a deal unveiled Wednesday by Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) that would require background checks on all commercial gun sales and end the so-called “gun show loophole.”
"Two Democrats - Sens. Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Mark Begich of Alaska sided with the Republicans and voted to continue the filibuster.
Sixty votes were needed to end the GOP filibuster and start debate on the gun bill.
Parents and family members of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting watched from the gallery as the roll call vote was held."
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