Posted: Apr 18, 2013 12:22 PM by MTN News
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate rejected expanded background checks on gun purchases on Wednesday, with Montana's senators splitting their votes.
The vote was on the so-called Manchin/Toomey amendment to expand checks to cover all firearms sales at gun shows and over the Internet, while exempting sales between friends and acquaintances.
During the vote, Senator Max Baucus was one of five Democrats who voted no on the measure, while Senator Jon Tester voted yes.
Baucus said in a statement that, "Montanans have told me loud and clear that they oppose any new gun controls. And I very much respect that - I agree. I represent Montana and I will oppose legislation that establishes new gun controls."
Sen. Tester said earlier this week that, "the plan will make communities safer while protecting Montanans' Second Amendment rights and preventing the creation of a national gun registry."
The vote is a blow to President Obama's gun control agenda, with the U.S. Senate expected to drop plans to ban military style semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.
Sources on Capitol Hill say Democrats are unlikely to rally behind an alternative expansion to background checks.