All four proposals are offered as amendments to a Justice Department spending bill set to hit the Senate floor on Monday.
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) sponsored an amendment that would allow the Department of Justice to deny a gun sale to anyone if the agency has a “reasonable belief” that the buyer is likely to engage in terrorism.
UPDATE: Senator Dianne Feinstein’s amendment to allow the DoJ to deny gun sales based on “reasonable belief” has failed 47-53.
Cornyn’s amendment, which even had the support of the NRA, failed in a vote of 53-to-47.
The motion to require background checks for purchases at gun shows failed in the US Senate on Monday in a 44-56 vote. As a result, the gun show loophole remains open.
Grassley’s amendment failed 53-47.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is offering a competing amendment, which would require that law enforcement be alerted when anyone on the terror watch list attempts to buy a gun from a licensed dealer. If anyone who has been investigated for terrorism within the last five years tries to purchase a firearm, the DoJ would be able to block a sale for up to 72 hours while prosecutors go to court to show probable cause to permanently block the transaction. The National Rifle Association has offered its support for this measure.