WASHINGTON DC – During four crucial votes on Second Amendment issues, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk departed from the Republican majority last week in D.C. Illinois' junior senator chose instead to vote with senior Senator Dick Durbin and the Democrat minority.
Kirk was the only Republican to vote with Democrats on the following votes on December 3:
- On the Amendment S.Amdt. 2915: Paul Amdt. No. 2915; To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia.
- On the Motion S.Amdt. 2908: Motion to Waive All Applicable Budgetary Discipline Re: Manchin Amdt. No. 2908; To protect Second Amendment rights, ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and provide a responsible and consistent background check process.
- On the Motion S.Amdt. 2914: Motion to Waive All Applicable Budgetary Discipline Re: Grassley Amdt. No. 2914; To address gun violence, improve the availability of records to the National Instant Criminal background Check System, address mental illness in the criminal justice system, and end straw purchases and trafficking of illegal firearms, and for other purposes.
- On the Motion S.Amdt. 2910: Motion to Waive All Applicable Budgetary Discipline Re: Feinstein Amdt. No. 2910; To increase public safety by permitting the Attorney General to deny the transfer of firearms or the issuance of firearms and explosives licenses to known or suspected dangerous terrorists. (Rejected 54 to 45)
In the list of controversial votes made in the U.S. Senate on December 3, 2015, Senator Kirk voted again with the Democrats against repealing Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood.