Dem senator: Gun bill ‘virtually meaningless’ without background checks


“I supported a background checks compromise, but even that wouldn’t be enough for me and the families of Newtown,” Murphy said. “The families of Newtown wanted a ban on high-capacity magazines, and so with background checks off the table, the bill just doesn’t have much for the families that I represent.”
 

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On Wednesday, the background checks bill from Manchin and Toomey fell short of the 60 votes it needed to move forward. The underlying gun-control bill, which includes measures to beef up school safety and crack down on illegal gun purchasers, could still see a vote.

Democratic leaders have yet to announce their next steps on the gun control bill, which contains language on universal background checks that Manchin and other centrist Democratic senators say they will not support.
 
With background checks and a proposal to ban military-style semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity bullet magazines off the table, Democrats have lost the reforms they argued would have the biggest impact on curbing gun violence.
 
Murphy predicted the senators who voted to block the background checks bill from moving forward would suffer blowback from voters.
 
“I don’t think there’s a state in the nation where a majority of citizens don’t support background checks,” he said. “So with all due respect, I think the senators have read their constituents wrong on the issue of background checks, and we’ll see what kind of outrage comes out in those states, but I think it will be substantial.”

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