By a vote of 68-31, the U.S. Senate voted Thursday to proceed with debate on a package of gun control measures. Oklahoma U.S. Senator Tom Coburn voted for the motion to proceed with debate. Senator Jim Inhofe voted against it. After the vote Coburn said in a statement that his vote was not an endorsement of the current bill but an opportunity to begin debate on a critical issue. "I look forward to offering multiple amendments in the coming days, including an amendment to replace the unworkable Manchin-Toomey bill with a proposal that will protect Americans' Second Amendment rights while giving law-abiding citizens the tool they need to make sure they aren't transferring a firearm to someone who will be a threat to themselves or others," he said. "I also intend to offer or support amendments to protect the Second Amendment rights of veterans and Americans who have concealed carry permits, among other issues. Today's vote enables me to offer those amendments and help give the American people the debate they deserve."