Senate Rejected Effort to Bar Suspected Terrorists From Buying Weapons

Senate Rejected Effort to Bar Suspected Terrorists From Buying Weapons

The amendment to a bill dealing with the Affordable Care Act was offered by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat. It would enable the U.S. to block the sale or transfer of weapons to known or suspected terrorists.

The amendment required 60 votes to pass but got only 45 yes votes in the Republican-controlled Senate. Mark Kirk was the only one Republican voted with Democrats to approve the bill.

The vote occurred just a day after a massacre in San Bernardino, California, that left 14 people dead. On Thursday President Obama said it was unclear if terrorism or another motive was involved.