Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement after the Senate failed to adopt bipartisan measures that would have closed a number of background check loopholes and fought gun trafficking:
"I'm very disappointed that - even in the wake of the Newtown tragedy - basic improvements to our background check system and gun trafficking laws failed to obtain the votes needed to move forward in the Senate. This fight is not over. I know that the people of Hawaii and the rest of our nation want stronger gun safety laws. I hope we listen in the coming days as they make their voices heard."