“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.”
The bill doesn’t include an assault weapons ban or limits on magazine clip capacity — although Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThe DC bubble is strangling the DNC Dems want Sessions to recuse himself from Trump-Russia probe Ryan says Trump, GOP 'in complete sync' on ObamaCare 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 LeeBooker is taking orders from corporate pharmaceuticals Paul, Lee call on Trump to work with Congress on foreign policy Right renews push for term limits as Trump takes power MORE (Utah), Rand PaulRand PaulDems blast Trump plans for deep spending cuts Trump team prepares dramatic cuts Paul, Lee call on Trump to work with Congress on foreign policy MORE (Ky.) and Ted CruzTed CruzTrump's America: Businessmen in, bureaucrats out When Trump says 'Make America Great Again,' he means it Booker is taking orders from corporate pharmaceuticals 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.