Pryor joins Republicans to oppose gun control bill

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor is among a handful of Democrats who joined Republicans to vote down new gun control legislation.

The Senate voted 54-46 on Wednesday on a measure that would expand background checks for gun buyers. The legislation needed 60 votes to advance.

Forty-one Republicans and five Democrats, including Pryor, voted no. Other Democrats who joined Republicans in opposing the plan were Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska, Max Baucus of Montana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid switched his vote to "no" so he could call for a revote in the future.

Pryor says he decided to oppose the plan after talking to Arkansans. He says the measure is "unworkable and unreasonable" for hunters and gun owners.

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