Update, April 18: Senate Majority leader has pulled the gun bill from consideration after seven related amendments — including a compromise deal to expand background checks — failed to garner the 60 votes needed to pass. "We're going to come back to this bill," Reid said, though it is unclear when the bill would be reintroduced and it what form.
Thanks to all of you who helped us track the vote on Senate Bill 649. We received more than 100 reports from people who called their senators or researched their positions, and were able to project the bill's defeat as a result. You can view the final roll-call vote on the compromise amendment here.
Tell us how your lawmaker plans to vote
The Senate is weighing the first major legislation aimed at curbing gun violence since the Newtown shootings, but despite months of negotiations the fate of that bill remains unclear. So instead of waiting for a vote, we are turning to you for help in finding out where Congress stands. Take a look at the current proposal, then help us fill in the blanks by calling your elected official and asking them how they plan to vote. Senate Bill 649 include three key provisions:
1. Background Checks
A measure imposing penalties on states that don’t submit background check data to a national database and requiring background checks for every gun sale (currently only required for commercial dealers).
2. Gun Trafficking
A measure to punish and deter gun purchases by straw buyers.
3. School Safety
A measure to improve school security through various programs and appropriations.
Help us track how the vote is shaping up by calling your elected official and asking them how they plan to vote.
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You will likely be directed to a staffer who handles constituent affairs. Explain again who you are and the specific information you are seeking. If the staffer says the official isn’t prepared to answer, clarify whether the lawmaker is undecided or is not commenting. Take notes of your conversation, noting the name and title of the person you speak with. Then let us know what you learn by completing the form below. We want to know whether they are voting yes, no, leaning yes, leaning no, are undecided or won't comment.
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