Apr 17 2013
Blunt Co-Sponsors Republican Alternative To Prevent Tragedies Like Newtown
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) today co-sponsored the Republican alternative to the gun bill that was introduced by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (Iowa). The provision would have reauthorized and improved the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), increased resources for prosecutions of gun crime, addressed mental illness in the criminal justice system, and strengthened criminal law by including straw purchasing and illegal firearm trafficking statutes.
“We must do everything we can to prevent tragedies like those that took place in Newtown, Aurora, or Tucson, without restricting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens,” said Blunt. “I’m disappointed this provision, which offered real solutions to keep Americans safe from senseless acts of violence, was ultimately blocked.”
Blunt voted against an amendment introduced by U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Joe Manchin (WV). To watch his remarks outlining his opposition to the Toomey/Manchin amendment, click here.
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