The State Senate has rejected a two part effort to expand federal background checks to more firearms buyers 54-46. The NRA, which is opposed to the plan, says it's an ineffective infringement on gun rights. Wednesday's vote was a blow to those in favor of the proposal that would have required background checks for all transactions at gun shows and online. The measure, proposed by Senators Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin, fell six votes short of the 60 needed.
The system's aim was to keep criminals from finding loop holes and those with mental disorders from getting their hands on guns. Licensed gun dealers will remain the only group required to conduct proper background checks when selling firearms.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand expresses her disbelief in Wednesday's vote:
“Today was a missed opportunity to take comprehensive action toward ending senseless, deadly gun violence with truly common sense reforms that do nothing to infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens...she continues on to say, “today was a setback, but we will continue the fight for these common sense laws aimed to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of criminals.”
According to New York Daily News, the Senate is also expected to defeat amendments to ban assault weapons and limit high capacity magazines.