Senator Chris Murphy's 14 hour filibuster leads to vote on closing the terror gap and universal background checks.
This could be history in the making. Democratic Senator Chris Murphy got the senate to vote on a gun reform vote. After an epic 14 hour filibuster, the senate agreed to vote just minutes ago.
Details are still emerging on what the impact will be. Connecticut Senator wrote on Twitter: "I am proud to announce that after 14+ hours on the floor, we will have a vote on closing the terror gap & universal background checks."
He added: "This would never have happened without you. Without your outpouring of support- your calls, tweets & emails. Your deafening calls for action. This is one step. The fight is far from over. But there are millions of voices calling for change. And we cannot stop pushing #Enough."
Closing the terror gap means to prevent individuals on the FBI’s Terrorist Watch List from purchasing guns and to expand background checks.
Earlier Senator Murphy posted that over 6,000 people died already this year through gun violence in the United States. The statistics about gun violence in the United States are mind boggling. The new push to introduce better gun control comes in the aftermath of the Orlando night club shooting.
The debate on the new gun control measures will begin at 10:30am on Thursday. Depending on the outcome, this could be the first time in years that a new measure is introduced to curb gun violence.
The 42-year-old joined the Senate of the United States in 2013. Before that he was in the House of Representatives, representing Connecticut's 5th congressional district from 2007 to 2013.
Watch below Senator Murphy's filibuster opening remarks below.
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Murphy's gun control filibuster is the longest in recent history. There have been several longer filibusters in American history. The longest filibuster lasted over 24 hours. U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond lasted 24 hours and 18 minutes in 1957.