The Obama administration is looking to use executive action to close the "gun show loophole," which allows thousands of firearm purchases per year without a background check.
Republicans have continued to block efforts from Democrats to add gun control to a budget measure. Most recently, a proposal by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California that would stop individuals on the government’s no-fly list from buying guns was blocked in the Senate 54-45.
The Senate also blocked a measure from Sens. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, and Patrick Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania, to tighten background checks by a 50 to 48 vote.
Despite blocks from Republicans, White House officials have continued to seek the expansion of background checks — with one option being to set a threshold for the number of guns a person is allowed to sell without obtaining a license.