Two Democrats, Alaska's Mark Begich and Arkansas' Mark Pryor, voted against cutting off a filibuster and allowing gun legislation to proceed.
The vote to cut off debate was 68 to 31, with 16 Republicans joining 50 Democrats and two independents to stop the filibuster. Opposed were the two Democrats and 29 Republicans.
Begich, who like Pryor faces re-election next year, explained his view in a statement:
“I’ve long believed we don’t need more laws restricting the Second Amendment rights of Americans, we need to better enforce those on the books. So I’ll continue to fight against any new laws which infringe on our rights.
"At the same time, we can keep our communities safer by keeping guns out of the wrong hands and providing our schools more resources. That is why Senator Graham and I wrote a bipartisan bill which has been supported by both the NRA and mental health groups”
“I voted today against the so-called cloture motion because I strongly disagree with many of the provisions of the anti-gun legislation currently on the Senate floor. By my vote, I’ll continue to work for the opportunity to consider more sensible measures to make our communities safer. I’ll continue to oppose any proposal that undermines the fundamental rights of Alaskans.”