Sen. Christopher Murphy (D-Conn.), whose home state was the venue for the horrific 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, led the filibuster. (CSPAN2)
Sen. Christopher Murphy (D-Conn.), whose home state was the venue for the horrific 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, led the filibuster. (CSPAN2)

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Senate Democrats ended a nearly 15-hour filibuster early Thursday after Republican leaders reportedly agreed to allow a vote on two proposed gun control measures.

Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, said Thursday that a compromise had been reached between the two parties. The Senate would vote on whether to ban people on the government’s terrorist watch list from obtaining a gun license and whether to expand background checks to gun shows and internet sales, he said.

“We did not have that commitment when we started today,” Murphy said.

The Democrats’ filibuster spanned across two days, the multiple speeches lasted 14 hours and 50 minutes. It was a response to Sunday’s shooting massacre at an Orlando gay nightclub.

“I’ve had enough. I’ve had enough of the ongoing slaughter of innocents, and I’ve had enough of inaction in this body,” Murphy said during the filibuster. He vowed to remain on the Senate floor “until we get some signal, some sign that we can come together.” Per Senate rules, Murphy was required to stand at his desk to maintain control of the floor.

Murphy wants Congress to enact tighter restrictions to prevent people with serious criminal histories, those deemed mentally incompetent and those on terrorist watch lists from owning guns. He began his filibuster three days after Omar Mateen — who had previously been investigated by the FBI for sympathizing with terrorists — opened fire at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, killing 49 people in the process. It is the most devastating mass-shooting in U.S. history.

The weapons used in the attack were purchased legally. Mateen bought the Sig Sauer MCX semi-automatic rifle and a handgun in the week before the massacre, officials said.

“What unites all of these shootings, from Littleton to Aurora, to Newtown, to Blacksburg to Orlando, is that the weapon of choice in every case is a gun — often a very powerful gun, an AR-15 or an AR-15-style gun that was designed for the military, for law enforcement to kill as many people as quickly as possible,” Murphy said.

Murphy’s own home state experienced one of the most devastating mass-shootings in the country as well — in 2012, twenty schoolchildren and six educators were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

He closed the filibuster by saying: “I have been furious since those days following Sandy Hook. I have been so angry that this Congress has mustered absolutely no response to mass shooting after mass shooting, in city after city that is plagued by gun violence.”

The National Rifle Association responded immediately to the compromise, the group is fiercely opposed to what its leaders called a series of anti-gun bills and amendments. The pro-gun lobby took to Twitter Wednesday to warn its members that the measures are a threat to gun owners and gun rights.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has been endorsed by the NRA, told a crowd in Georgia: “I’m going to save your Second Amendment.”