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Sen. Warner Announces Support for Background Checks Compromise

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Sen. Mark Warner announces on his Facebook page:

I support the bipartisan compromise on background checks announced by Senators Manchin and Toomey today. It will strengthen our background check system, close the gun show loophole and prohibit the commercial sale of guns to those who are mentally ill or have a criminal record. The bill also contains appropriate exemptions for responsible gun owners, allowing for direct transfers between family and friends.

The Manchin-Toomey compromise on background checks, combined with measures to prevent gun trafficking and our own proposal to improve school and campus safety, represents a reasonable approach and I support these measures.

Now, as Virginians for Responsible Gun Laws says, “NRA A-Rated Senator Mark Warner is on board with universal background checks and anti-trafficking laws. NOW WE NEED A YES ON ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN: (202) 224-2023. IF the DC mailbox is full, call his other offices: (276) 628-8158, 757-441-3079, 804-775-2314, 703-442-0670, 540-857-2676. Make your voice heard.”

  • Mayors Against Illegal Guns Co-Chair and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg:

    “Over the last few months, Americans across the country and in both parties have demanded that those in Washington take commonsense steps to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the seriously mentally ill. Today, Senators Manchin and Toomey have forged a bipartisan compromise agreement to extend background checks to cover commercial gun sales, including online and at gun shows. In addition, the bill preserves the same record-keeping practices of the past 40 years that have helped law enforcement solve crimes. I want to thank Senators Manchin and Toomey for their determination to find common ground on a bill that Democrats and Republicans can fully support. This bill will not only help keep guns out of the wrong hands – it will help save lives and keep our communities safe. Our bipartisan coalition of more than 900 mayors strongly supports this bill and looks forward to working with other leaders, including Senators Schumer and Kirk who have worked tirelessly on this issue, to do all we can to ensure its passage.”