Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Donnelly's Votes on Gun Safety Measures

Several gun safety measures were voted on in the Senate today, and,sadly, all failed to achieve the agreed-upon threshold of 60 votes. (Apparently Harry Reid set this rule to ensure that NRA amendments wouldn't pass; none did, but neither did anything else.) Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly voted for the Manchin-Toomey expanded background checks amendment, that was considered to have the best chance of passing. Donnelly voted for a Republican- and NRA-backed amendment that would allow carrying concealed weapons in all states. He voted for an amendment that makes gun trafficking a federal crime and strengthens the penalties against “straw purchasers." He voted for a concealed weapon reciprocity bill. He votes against Sen. Feinstein's assault weapons ban. He voted for expanding veterans' gun rights. He voted against the high-capacity magazine amendment. Senator Coats voted the party line in each case. Read more about the votes from the Wahington Post here.