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'No Fly, No Buy' Gun Measure Survives Senate

If Thursday's motion is seen as a test vote, supporters of the amendment lack a handful of votes to pass it.

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    Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat from Florida, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 21, 2016, to discuss new gun legislation proposals. Nelson is accompanied by Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine; Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona; and Sen. Angus King, an independent from Maine.

    A Republican-backed compromise amendment to prevent people on the "no-fly list" from acquiring firearms survived an effort to kill the measure Thursday — but at the moment it likely lacks the votes to pass it.

    The amendment, sponsored by moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, would allow the Justice Department to block people on the no-fly list and one other watchlist from buying guns, but would give them an ability to appeal.

    A procedural vote to table, or essentially kill, the amendment failed 46-52. Eight Republicans voted against tabling the bill. If Thursday's motion is seen as a test vote, supporters of the amendment lack a handful of votes to pass it.

    "I'm very pleased with where we stand," Collins said after the vote. "Obviously I'd like to get to 60 but this was a good day."

    Mark Schiefelbein/AP