Breaking down the Senate gun vote

Posted in the Grand Rapids Forum

Rob

United States

#1 Apr 11, 2013
The Senate voted Thursday to begin formal debate of gun legislation, beginning what is expected to be several weeks of argument on the most consequential congressional action on firearm regulations since the 1990s.

“The hard work starts now,” Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said as the vote concluded.

He’s not kidding.

Voting to approve a motion to proceed to debate on a gun bill is one thing. But eventually stitching together a coalition of the willing — or what gun-control advocates call “a coalition of the reasonable”— to vote for final passage of a bill that would strengthen gun laws and possibly restrict some gun rights is quite another.

So who voted for and against the motion to proceed? And what does it all tell us about the coming debate?

Here’s what you should know:

* Final vote count: 68 to 31. Ninety-nine senators voted, with one, Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), absent due to illness.

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