MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In the wake of the Orlando nightclub shootings, a Democratic senator is waging a filibuster Wednesday night in an attempt to force a vote on gun control legislation.
Sen. Chris Murphy represents the district that includes Newtown, Connecticut, where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.
Thirty-seven other democrats, including Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, also took the floor Wednesday night to push for gun control measures.
“Would closing off the loophole in the terrorist watch list hurt my Uncle Dick in his deer stand? Not at all,” Klobuchar said.
There is no law currently that prevents people on terror watch lists from buying firearms.
Gun advocates argue a law like that would deny due process to people who may be wrongly placed on the list.