Fourteen Senate Republicans turned their backs on law-abiding gun owners as well as the National Rifle Association to advance bipartisan gun control and school safety legislation.
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) condemned the turncoat Republicans.
“Tonight, I opposed the gun control legislation — released only an hour before the vote — that would infringe on law-abiding Americans’ Second Amendment rights,” she wrote on Twitter.
The Senate voted 64-34 to begin debate on a rewrite of the nation’s firearm laws. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell led 14 Republicans to join Democrats in supporting the anti-gun law.
“Our colleagues have put together a common-sense package of popular steps that will help make [mass shooting] incidents less likely, while fully upholding the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens,” said McConnell.
Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, Joni Ernst of Iowa, and Todd Young of Indiana supported the plan. Also supporting the bill were swing-state Republicans, like Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Thom Tillis of North Carolina.
Moderate Republicans provided a substantial share of the vote, including Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Mitt Romney of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Lindsey Graham of South Car…