Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk was one of four Republicans who voted in favor
of a proposal looking to expand background checks on gun purchases, which
was rejected by a 54-46 vote in the U.S. Senate Wednesday.
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote later this afternoon on a series
of gun amendments to the gun control package the chamber has been
considering, including expanding background checks as part of a compromise
agreement reached last week by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) and Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pennsylvania).
A new poll of Illinois voters, including gun owners, revealed that the majority of residents support strict gun control initiatives, including
background checks on every gun sale and banning assault weapons.