Apr 17, 2013 11:53 PM by Eric Ross

Senate shoots down tougher gun legislation

Supporters and opponents of tougher gun legislation have been keeping close tabs on Washington.

Anticipating tougher gun laws were on the way, business has been booming at local gun shops across Colorado. Many gun stores sold out of assault weapons weeks ago with widespread panic that a ban was imminent.

Wednesday afternoon, the ban was off the table. The plan was rejected 60-40.

The bill that had the best chance of passing, but ultamately failed came from Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who favored expanding background checks for gun buyers.

"This bill protects honest, gun loving and law abiding citizens," he said.

Manchin had the support from families of victims destroyed by the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre, along with shooting survivor Gabriel Giffords.

88-percent of Americans in the new Quinnipiac Poll supported background checks. However, that appeared to have had little effect on the senate floor.

"By this continuing distortion of senate rules, a minority was able to block it from moving forward," President Barack Obama said.

The proposal to expand background checks would have extended to include gun show and online sales.

Some questioned whether it would have further delayed the background check process in a system that's already flooded with requests.

There's no telling just how soon this process may speed up, as some fear revised gun bills will surface again in the near future.

Stay with News 5 and for contiuning coverage on the gun debate.



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