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Luján Statement on Senate Vote on Background Checks

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement today after a bipartisan amendment to expand background checks on firearms and close the gun show loophole failed to get the 60 votes needed for passage in the Senate.

"I was disappointed that the bipartisan amendment to expand background checks in an effort to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill failed to pass the Senate this afternoon. I am hopeful that this will not be the end of the effort to pass common sense legislation that respects the rights of gun owners and enhances the safety of the American people. With 90 percent of Americans, including responsible gun owners, supporting this effort, and a majority of Senators supporting the amendment, efforts must continue to address this important issue."

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