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McCollum: I’m Going to Keep Fighting for Common-Sense Gun Violence Prevention Measures

April 18, 2013
Press Release

For Immediate Release:  April 18, 2013                                         
Contact:  Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149

Washington, DC – Yesterday, Senate Republicans blocked bipartisan legislation that would have expanded background checks on firearms sold over the Internet and at gun shows.  The measure failed 54 to 46 – a mere six votes short of passage.

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) responded with the following statement:

“Instead of siding with the vast majority of the American people, Senate Republicans surrendered to blatant falsehoods perpetuated by the gun lobby.  Keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill shouldn’t be up for debate.  This legislation would have prioritized the families that have been torn apart by gun violence and the safety of all our families and communities.

“The President said this vote was not the end of the American people’s efforts to address gun violence. I agree.  Throughout my career, I’ve been a staunch advocate for common-sense measures such as comprehensive background checks, reinstating the assault weapons ban, and closing the gun show loophole.  I remained fully determined to help these measures become law.”

Congresswoman Betty McCollum serves on the House Appropriations Committee.