After a lot of lobbying and debate the bill to expand firearms background checks failed. The bill needed 60 votes and only got 54. The bill would not have done much good or damage anyway, depending on how you look at it. It really didn't amount to much. It would have still exempted sale between most individuals. You could still have loaned a gun to someone or given a gun as a gift or inherited a gun without a background check. If you would have posted a want ad in the newspaper to sale a gun or tried to sale one online on the internet, a background check would have been required. It would have closed the gun show loophole. Anyway, it failed.
Our two senators voted against it. The only Republicans voting in favor were McCain (AZ), Collins (ME), Toomey (PA), and Kirk (IL). Five Democrats including Harry Reid voted against it.