The Senate rejected gun control measures offered in the Senate Wednesday, but U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., warned that for gun control advocates the race is a marathon, not a sprint.
"There were measures offered in the Senate Wednesday that I believe would quite simply infringe on the constitutional right of Americans to own guns. Some of those senators who support gun control bills would like to put in place a national gun registry or to follow in the footsteps of European countries and ban guns outright. Success of some of these proposals would put them closer to their goals," said Enzi. "Thankfully that didn't happen, but gun control advocates will continue seeking the votes they need to chip away at the Second Amendment. If you don't want to be required to get the federal government's approval to have a gun, then continue to pay attention and stand up for your rights."
The Senate voted Wednesday on seven gun proposals offered as amendments to S. 649, a bill that would increase firearms restrictions offered by Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Sixty votes were required for each amendment and the Senate rejected all pro-gun and gun control amendments alike.
Enzi voted against the background check proposal offered by Senators Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Patrick Toomey, R-Penn., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. The proposal would criminalize certain private transfers of firearms. It also would expand background checks to eliminate many private sales including the so called "gun show loophole" and would ban intrastate internet sales of firearms. Enzi voted against other proposals that would limit clip sizes and ban a wide range of firearms.
Enzi voted for an amendment that would improve enforcement of current gun laws. He voted for another proposal that would make conceal carry permits equivalent to a driver's license allowing persons to conceal carry across state lines. He also supported another that would protect veterans' rights to purchase guns.
The Senate is expected to vote on more gun-related amendments today including one being offered by Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyo., that would protect gun owners from having their private gun ownership information publicly released. Reid has not determined when or if he will call for a final vote on the underlying gun control bill.