"This amendment would have criminalized certain private transfers of firearms between honest citizens, requiring lifelong friends, neighbors and some family members to get federal government permission to exercise a fundamental right or face prosecution," Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA, said in a statement. "As we have noted previously, expanding background checks, at gun shows or elsewhere, will not reduce violent crime or keep our kids safe in their schools."
The gun legislation is likely dormant for awhile, but a procedural move will allow Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring the bill back up for consideration at a later date, something he says he intends to do.
"This issue is not going away," Reid said during a press conference after the vote. "The families deserve better."