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DeFazio Reacts To Senate Background Check Vote


Yesterday [Thursday], the Senate voted against expanding background checks for gun purchases – one day after the latest mass shooting that left 14 people dead in San Bernadino, California.

Thursday's 50-to-47 vote underscored the political gridlock over gun control in Washington.

The measure would have required background checks for all gun purchases online and at gun shows.

Oregon's U-S Representative Peter Defazio says in the last Congress, the Senate came very close to closing gun show loopholes and tightening background checks but failed.

Defazio: "So we introduced a bill virtually identical to the Senate bill in the House. Because we thought we were going to actually do something. It didn't happen. We have re-introduced that bill but there have been no hearings, no discussion, from the Republican side on dealing with that."

Defazio says yesterday's [Thursday's] bill was the same proposal the Senate rejected in the months after the 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. A proposal that would ban gun sales to persons the government suspects may be associated with terror organizations also failed.

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Born and raised in Eugene, Anni started at KLCC in 2000 as a reporter and co-host of Northwest Passage. After graduating from the University of Oregon, Anni moved to New York City. She worked in education for several years before returning to her true love, journalism. Anni co-founded and co-hosted Dailysonic, a narrative-based news podcast. She interned at WNYC's On The Media, then becoming WNYC's assistant producer of Morning Edition.