Share Share Share A bill to ban high-caliber weapons and magazines passed the Senate on Tuesday, a big victory for gun control advocates.
The Senate vote was 53-46, with a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence.
The vote was the third in a row for the measure, which is expected to become law in a matter of weeks.
It would prohibit the sale and transfer of high-powered weapons and ammunition that can hold more than 10 rounds.
The NRA’s political arm, the National Rifle Association of America, applauded the vote, noting that the Senate voted to expand background checks on millions of Americans and to make it easier to buy assault weapons.
“With this historic vote, we are now poised to fight for the right to keep and bear arms in America,” NRA President Wayne LaPierre said in a statement.
Senators from both parties expressed relief on the victory, with Democrats expressing their support for the proposal.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) said he had worked to pass similar legislation during the George W. Bush administration, but the NRA helped convince him that his bill was needed to protect Americans.
“I want to thank Sen. Feinstein and her staff for working hard to pass a commonsense gun bill that will keep our children and their families safe,” Warner said in the statement.
“While I’ve made it clear to President Trump that I will continue to work with the NRA to ensure our nation’s firearm laws are stronger than ever before, the NRA remains our strongest advocate for gun safety.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D, Calif.) called the vote “a historic moment” that would make the gun control movement “much stronger and stronger.”
Senators who voted against the ban were Sens.
Joe Manchin (D., W.
Va.), Joe Donnelly (D.
Ind.), Joe Manzara (D.-Ind.), Richard Blumenthal (D-.
Conn.), Joe Cassidy (R-La.), Mark Kirk (R.-Ill.), Mark Warner and Heidi Heitkamp.
Sen. Mark Pryor (D-, Ark.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he supported the legislation “in the interest of the Second Amendment.”
“We’re going to be here for a long time to see if we can get something done,” Pryor said in an interview with CNN.
The measure would also ban the sale of assault weapons that can fire more than 20 rounds per magazine, and the high-calibre magazine that can eject up to 10 rounds per round.
The ban would also expand background check requirements for the sale, transfer and possession of high capacity magazines.
The bill would also require background checks for private sales of guns and ammunition.
A spokesman for Sen. Dick Durbin (D.) said the bill was “unanimously” supported by the Democratic caucus.
The bill passed the House on Tuesday and the Senate Thursday.