- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The Senate has rejected two gun control measures that were touted by Democratic lawmakers from New Jersey.

Bob Menendez and Cory Booker had urged their colleagues to support the measures during a rally they staged in Newark on Monday. They were joined by Democratic Reps. Albio Sires and Donald Payne Jr., gun safety groups and advocacy organizations and others.

But the Senate voted Monday night to reject measures that would have expanded gun background checks and keep people on a government terrorism watch list or other suspected terrorists from buying guns. Menendez and Booker said the measures were common sense, not extreme or radical proposals.

Booker and Menendez were among several Democrats who took part in a nearly 15-hour Senate filibuster last week that addressed congressional inaction on gun violence.

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