“I was pleased Sen. Reid agreed to unlimited debate and amendments; that has always been my threshold for voting to allow legislation to be considered," Burr said. "Given that understanding, the issue can receive a full and open debate, amendments, and an amendment process with multiple opportunities to stop, alter, or kill the legislation.”

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The Senate is now debating S.649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act, which would expand background checks on gun purchases, create new penalties on straw purchases and include new funding for school security.

The bill doesn’t include an assault weapons ban or limits on magazine clip capacity — although Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDraft House bill ignites new Yucca Mountain fight Week ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road MORE (D-Nev.) promised a vote on those provisions as an amendment.

Democrats have been pushing major gun reforms since December when a gunman killed 20 first graders and six school employees at Sandy Hook elementary in Newtown, Conn. Family members of the Newtown victims came to Washington, D.C., this week to meet with senators to persuade them to pass gun control reforms. 

A group of 14 GOP senators, lead by Sens. Mike LeeMike LeeWhy is the State Department refusing to disclose Soros' involvement in Macedonia? What to know about Trump's national monuments executive order ObamaCare must be fixed before it collapses MORE (Utah), Rand PaulRand PaulRand Paul to teach a course on dystopias in George Washington University Destructive 'fat cat' tax law a complete flop. It's time to repeal it. Trump must take action in Macedonia to fix damage done by Obama and Clinton MORE (Ky.) and Ted CruzTed CruzKasich finds it hard to rule out 2020 Trump in campaign mode at NRA convention Trump’s hands are tied on 9th Circuit MORE (Texas), threatened to filibuster any gun control reforms, requiring a 60-vote threshold, because they say it would violate Second Amendment rights. 

Burr was the only defection of the 14 senators.

This article was updated at 1:40 p.m. in order to include Burr's quote.