THE BRONX - Gun control advocates in the Bronx are among those devastated by the Senate's failure to approve legislation tightening background checks for gun owners.

Bernard Smith lost his 19-year-old son after he was shot while riding a bike near their Morrisania home in 2000. He's among the local families impacted by gun violence who say the decision is heartbreaking.

The bill would have expanded federal background checks to include those purchased at gun shows and online.

President Barack Obama referred to the vote, which fell shy of the 60 needed to pass, a shameful day in Washington. Mayor Michael Bloomberg also sounded off, calling the decision a disgrace.