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NRA bill fails



The guns-to-work bill failed its one and only House stop Wednesday, killing the measure for the year. The vote was 4-10.

"Rep. Baxley, I'm sorry. You did a great job," said. Rep. Stan Mayfield, referring to the sponsor. But Mayfield and a number of other Republicans voted against the bill, which has bitterly divided the gun and business lobby.

"This bill is about staying alive to get to work and staying alive to get home after work," NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer said moments before the vote.  "There can be no stronger right than the right of self protection."

Conceding defeat, Hammer said she would have the bill re-filed next year. Asked whether the Va. Tech shootings played a role, Hammer said she could not speculate. But she added that it should not have played a role. "Nothing in this bill would have anything at all to do with the sort of thing that happened in Virginia."

Voting Yes: Boyd, Culp, Glorioso, Kreegel. // Voting No: Mayfield, Troutman, Allen, Grimsley, Kendrick, Nelson, Williams, Brandenburg, Kriseman, Machek.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:43pm]


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