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Rubio votes to kill gun measure; Nelson votes in favor



Sen. Marco Rubio helped kill a compromise gun control measure today. Sen. Bill Nelson voted in favor of the amendment by Sen. Susan Collins, which would restrict people on the government no-fly list from buying guns.

Rubio, now a candidate for Senate, has drawn criticism from the left for opposing a number of gun measures that followed the Orlando tragedy. His office said he reviewed Collins' "no fly, no buy" plan but he was not expected to back it with the NRA coming out in opposition.

Collins' bill is not completely dead, having gained enough support to keep it in play, if Senate leaders decide to give it an up-or-down vote, which is uncertain.

Rubio did vote for an alternative measure that would have given the government three days to show probable cause to deny a person a firearm. In a statement, he said:

“The measure I supported today to keep guns away from suspected terrorists was the product of a serious effort to try to arrive at a bipartisan consensus that achieves two goals that have no reason to be in conflict: denying suspected terrorists guns and protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. I also looked closely at the proposal offered by Senator Susan Collins and concluded I could not support it because it does not afford law-abiding Americans the full due process rights they deserve before a constitutional right is infringed.”

[Last modified: Thursday, June 23, 2016 4:37pm]


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