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Nearly 15 hours later, Democratic senator ends filibuster over guns


Washington (CNN)Senate Democrats have ended a 14-plus hour filibuster calling for gun control reform, after Sen. Chris Murphy said he won promises for votes on two measures.

“It is our understanding … that we have been given a commitment on a path forward to get votes on the floor of the Senate — on a measure to assure that those on the terrorist watch list do not get guns and an amendment … to expand background checks to gun shows and to internet sales,” he said in a statement.

Other filibusters — by Sen. Rand Paul in 2015 and Sen. Ted Cruz in 2013 — helped launch presidential bids, but didn’t result in substantive concessions. In that sense, at least, Murphy appears to have notched a victory by earning promises for votes.

Murphy held the Senate floor early into Thursday morning, vowing to stay “for as long as I can” until Congress acts on gun control legislation.

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