It was damn near thing, pointing to a significant shift among moderate Democrats on gun control. The vote split the democratic leadership, with Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) supporting the measure.
From the Washington Post:
_By the narrowest of margins, the Senate’s liberal bloc of Democrats defeated an amendment that would have allowed gun owners to carry their weapons across state lines without regard for stricter laws in many jurisdictions, giving preference to states with looser standards. . . .
Even in defeat, the debate demonstrated the continued power of the National Rifle Association and gun rights advocates in Congress, because the Thune amendment was considered the most far reaching federal effort ever proposed to expand laws to allow weapons ownership.
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