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U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk during a news conference in 2013. | Sun-Times file photo

Durbin, Kirk for stricter gun measures, which failed in Senate

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SHARE Durbin, Kirk for stricter gun measures, which failed in Senate

WASHINGTON — Illinois Senators Dick Durbin, a Democrat, and Mark Kirk, a Republican, cast four identical votes for stricter gun measures on Monday with the legislation — called in the wake of the Orlando massacre — failing to pass.

The four votes for the partisan plans were mainly along party lines, with Kirk siding with Democrats. Kirk has long supported gun legislation that has been opposed by the National Rifle Association.

• A measure by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, failed on a 53-47 vote, with Kirk voting with 43 Democrats and Independents and another Republican, Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado.

• A measure by Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., whose filibuster added pressure on Republican Senate leaders to allow a vote, failed on a 44-56 roll call. Kirk was the only Republican to vote with 43 Democrats and Independents.

• A measure by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, failed on a 53-47 vote, with Kirk one of three Republicans — the others were Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona — voting with 44 Democrats and Independents.

• A measure by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., failed on a 47-53 vote, with Kirk one of two Republicans — the other was Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire — voting with 45 Democrats and Independents.

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