UNDATED (WSAU) Wisconsin cast a split vote when the U-S Senate said no to expanding mandatory background checks for gun buyers. Republican Ron Johnson helped strike down the mandate, while Democrat Tammy Baldwin favored the requirement to check the backgrounds of buyers at gun shows and private transactions. It fell five votes short of the 60 needed for passage. And it marked a stunning defeat for President Obama, Capitol Hill Democrats, and relatives of mass shootings like those in Oak Creek and Brookfield last year.
Johnson called the proposal for background checks “fatally flawed.” He recently said he was especially against the requirement for gun sales among family members.
Baldwin called the measure a “common-sense” idea and said quote, “Washington failed to produce results, and failed the American people.”
By larger margins, senators also said no to banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Johnson voted against both those proposals. Baldwin voted yes to both.