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GOP promises votes on gun control measures ending 15 hour filibuster

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WASHINGTON D.C. (KUSI) — A 15-hour filibuster on the Senate floor has ended in a compromise. Sen. Christopher S. Murphy of Connecticut took the Senate floor Wednesday morning to protest gun violence.

According to Politico.com, Sen. Murphy and his Democratic allies were filibustering to demand a vote on legislation that would would deny suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms and require universal background checks.

After the filibuster ended, Sen. Murphy tweeted: 

GOP leaders have agreed to allow votes on two proposed gun control measures.

"We have been given a commitment on a path forward to get votes on the floor of the Senate — on a measure to assure that those on the terrorist watch list do not get guns and an amendment ... to expand background checks to gun shows and to internet sales," Murphy said in a statement.

"I've had enough and I just couldn’t bring myself to come back to the Senate this week and pretend like this is just business as usual," Murphy said Wednesday. "We've got to find a way to come together. Now I don't know how long this will take but I'm going to stand here and hold the floor while we give time to our colleagues to try and find a path forward." 

Of course, Murphy was immediately questioned by some of the Republican leaders during the 14 hour and 50 minute filibuster. 

“Explain to me what the ‘terrorist watch list’ is. I’m familiar with the terrorist screening database. There are a series of lists that fall from the database. But I don’t think there’s any such thing as ‘the terrorist watch list,'" said Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska.

“ ... the legislation we come to agreement on, specifically refer to the lists, a consolidated database that’s maintained by federal law enforcement. And have a very explicit right to get off that list. I don’t think that’s impossible," Murphy responded.

Later in the afternoon, Sen. Murphy was joined by Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, who stressed the need for this legislation.

According to RollCall.com, Sen. Booker recounted the numbers of people killed in mass shootings — not bombings — in recent years.

"We are hear to say, enough," Booker said.

Sen. Murphy was also joined by Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer.

"On our side of the aisle, we are willing to compromise," Schumer said, but added that Democrats could not accept a "meaningless compromise."

Mass shootings have increased in the last several years, with the attack in Orlando becoming the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, but the two presidential parties have repeatedly failed to come to a solution on gun control.

According to Politico, the parties remain divided on the issue because they are backing, "different approaches to resolving instances in which someone feels they’ve been wrongly put on a watch list and therefore cannot purchase a gun."

RollCall also reports that Senate Democrats are pushing for funding that would allow the FBI to add nearly 400 new positions to fight terrorism following the recent attacks.

“I’m going to remain on this floor until we get some signal, some sign that we can come together on these two measures, that we can get a path forward on addressing this epidemic in a meaningful, bipartisan way,” Murphy said.

According to RollCall, Sen. Murphy first became passionate about gun control after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in his home state, where a shooter killed 20 children and six adults.

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