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Sen. Warner Statement on Failed Gun Votes

Senate failed to advance two measures to close the terrorist gun loophole and expand background checks at gun shows

Jun 20 2016

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) released the following statement after the Senate blocked two measures to keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists and expand the criminal background check system by closing the gun show loophole:

“After the massacre in Orlando, my office was flooded with phone calls and emails from Virginians with one message for Congress: We don’t just want to hear thoughts and prayers on behalf of the victims – we want to see action to address gun violence. In the wake of this attack, members of Congress must be willing to take a fresh look  at solutions to make our communities safer while protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

“As a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, I know the challenges we face every day in dealing with the threat of violent terrorists determined to do our nation harm. Given those challenges, it makes absolutely no sense to me that the Senate would refuse to take these commonsense steps to strengthen our background check system and close a dangerous loophole that allows suspected terrorists to legally purchase guns.

“While no single law will end gun violence or completely protect us from terrorism, it is clear that Americans want action. I am confident that tonight’s votes will not be the last word on this matter.”

The votes follow a Senate filibuster last week that mobilized support in Congress for the issue. This came as a response to the deadly attacks in Orlando, which claimed the lives of 49 people at a gay nightclub, becoming the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.