(NEWS CENTER) - The U.S. Senate has rejected a bi-partisan bid to expand background checks on gun purchases.
The proposal, drafted by SenatorsJoe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), would have required background checks for all transactions at gun shows and online.
It also would have included an increased focus on keeping criminals and the mentally ill from obtaining weapons.
Maine's Senators, Susan Collins (R) and Angus King (I), both voted in favor of the measure.
The final vote was 54 in favor, 46 against. The legislation needed a 3/5 majority to pass.
Collins made headlines when she came out in favor of the measure over the weekend.