Landrieu issues statement on gun control vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-New Orleans, said she voted for common-sense legislation that strengthens and clarifies Second Amendment rights and helps reduce gun violence in a news release Wednesday.

“However, Sen. Landrieu voted against the assault weapons ban and restrictions on the size of magazines, saying these provisions went too far,” the news release stated.

“The Manchin-Toomey compromise was a hard-fought but balanced approach that would reduce gun violence and make it much harder for criminals and mentally ill individuals to access guns,” she stated. “Currently, guns can be purchased online and at gun shows without any background check whatsoever, leaving a gaping hole in our gun protection system. However, even with my support, the measure did not garner the 60 votes necessary for passage in the Senate. I believe that we must do a better job of keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. I’m confident that most people understand the importance of closing this loophole while preserving the rights of law abiding individuals to own and use guns for hunting, sport and self-protection.”

Landrieu added, “In addition, the Manchin-Toomey amendment, happily for gun enthusiasts, explicitly prohibited the federal government from creating a national registry of gun owners; it benefited the approximately 950 licensed gun dealers in Louisiana by putting them on a level playing field by eliminating the unfair advantage now enjoyed by unlicensed and online dealers; and it clarified that veterans can purchase a gun at their duty station as well as in their home state.”

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