The gun control bill has passed its first hurdle in the Senate. Democrats shut down a planned Republican filibuster by voting against it 68-31.
In a big victory for the Democrats, 16 Republicans crossed the aisle and voted with them. Two Democrats - Mark Begich (AL) and Mark Pryor (AR) - voted against the rest of their party.
The law under debate would "require background checks on all commercial gun sales and end the so-called "'gun show loophole,'" according to Politico. It would also make gun trafficking a federal crime and provide additional aid for school security. An assault weapons ban can be offered as an amendment.
Make popcorn and settle in for some high-stakes political theater. "Senators are expected to spend at least the next two weeks debating the gun bill," Politico reports.
Via Politico Breaking News Alerts.