Democrats Filibuster for Background Checks on Private Gun Sales After Omar Mateen Bought Guns Retail

Gun Control Filibuster

On June 15, Senate Democrats launched a filibuster for background checks on private gun sales less than a month after Omar Mateen passed a background check to buy his guns at a retail store.

Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), who led the filibuster, was interviewed by CNN on Monday and had trouble explaining how any new gun laws could stop a terrorist.

According to Roll Call, the current Democrat filibuster is aimed at expanding background checks to cover more private sales and online sales–although Mateen did not buy his guns online or via a private sale. Moreover, Murphy is pushing to close the “gun show loophole,” but Mateen did not buy his guns at a gun show, either.

Murphy also wants to ban law-abiding citizens’ from owning an “assault weapon.”

Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Dick Durbin (D-IL.), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) took turns holding the floor for the filibuster, as well. Booker cited “the numbers of people killed in … mass shootings in recent years. And he said the terrorist attacks are increasingly being committed with guns, not bombs.”

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at