In a statement to protest the chamber’s failure to pass gun control legislation, U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy on Monday voted against moving a hunting and fishing bill forward in the U.S. Senate.
Politico reported: “Shortly before the procedural vote Monday, two Democratic senators stood up to announce that they could not vote to advance the legislation in light of congressional inaction on gun control.”
Murphy said a statement on gun control was “long overdue.”
Last week, Blumenthal told Capitol Watch that gun control advocates in Congress were going to be “pursuing a new initiative centered on domestic violence.” Current law prevents people with permanent restraining orders from purchasing or possessing firearms, but does not extend to people under temporary restraining orders. Blumenthal said he wants to expand the ban to individuals under temporary restraining orders, and described the proposal as “a mental health initiative where…there’s a real opportunity for common ground.”