Burr complained that when the Veterans’ Affairs Department determines that a veteran is no longer able to make financial decisions, the veterans’ name is sent to the FBI and added to the federal gun purchase ban list. His amendment would require a judicial ruling to determine if the veteran is dangerous before they are banned from buying guns.

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Sen. Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill This week: Senate wrapping up defense bill after amendment fight Cuomo warns Dems against cutting DACA deal with Trump MORE (D-N.Y.) said Burr's amendment was "ridiculous" because it would remove names of some people who are currently banned from buying guns for good reasons from the background check list.

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Burr said the amendment from Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinGOP sees fresh opening with Dems’ single payer embrace Trump steps up courtship of Dems The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) — which failed on a 54-46 vote — didn’t go far enough since it only allowed veterans to appeal the VA decision, rather than stopping the decision from being made in the first place.

Burr said the ban also affects family members who share a residence with the veterans because guns are banned from the home.

The Senate is considering S.649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act, which would expand background checks on gun purchases, crack down on gun trafficking and beef up security in schools. Some GOP senators have said the bill goes too far and infringes on the rights of gun-owners.

The Senate was scheduled to vote on nine amendments Wednesday, all of which were subject to a 60-vote threshold. More amendment agreements are possible later this week.