The four proposed gun sale regulations that failed in US Senate

US lawmakers on Monday voted down legislation aimed at restricting gun sales following the largest mass shooting in US history in Orlando, Florida.

The legislation was proposed in the US Senate as amendments to a Justice Department spending bill. There were four amendments to the bill proposed by both parties to restrict gun sales:

- An amendment to create what is known as the "no fly, no buy" rule. It would have barred gun sales to people who are on the US "no fly" terrorist watch list. The Democrat-proposed amendment also would have given the attorney general the power to deny a gun sale to anyone if she has a "reasonable belief" that the buyer would engage in terrorism.

- An amendment proposed by Republicans, similar to the Democrats' proposal, would have created a system where law enforcement would have been alerted whenever someone on the terror watch list tried to buy a weapon. If the potential buyer had been investigated within the past five years, the attourney general could have blocked the gun sale for up to three days while a court reviewed the sale.

- An amendment that would have closed a loophole allowing gun purchases at gun shows. If it had passed, the law would have required every purchaser at all locations, including gun shows, to undergo a background check.

- An amendment that would have made it more difficult for people with serious mental illnesses to buy guns. The amendment would have made it harder to add the names of mentally ill people to a database of people who have passed a background check, but would have given the people affected a process to challenge their ineligibility to buy guns.

Last update: Tue, 28/06/2016 - 17:25

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