Dem  GOP    Vote: 103  S.Amdt. 4751  June 20, 2016
Yes 53 1
No 47 45
No Vote 0  
Present 0  

Background Checks, Mental Issues
A yes vote backed the Grassley amendment.

Voting 53 for and 47 against, the Senate on June 20, 2016, failed to reach 60 votes needed to advance a GOP-sponsored amendment to HR 2578 concerning the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) for screening firearms sales. The amendment provided incentives for the federal judiciary and states to supply criminal and mental-health information to the NCIS database. But it drew opposition over due-process language that critics said would allow gun purchases by individuals including veterans who have been adjudicated as mentally defective.

Sponsor Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said “we currently have a database that contains inconclusive federal court records; there is simply no excuse for this.”

Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said the amendment “makes broad sweeping changes to portions of our gun laws that now prevent people with dangerous mental illnesses from obtaining weapons.”

A yes vote backed the Grassley amendment.
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Virginia Tally
Kaine (D)   Nay VA  
Warner (D)   Nay VA