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WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins released the following statement after the majority of the U.S. Senate (52-46) voted in support of her bipartisan proposal to help keep guns from terrorists and make America safer:
“Today’s vote demonstrates that there is strong bipartisan support for common sense legislation that would help keep guns out of the hands of terrorists, while protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.
“After many hours of negotiation and compromise, we built a strong coalition of Senators united in their desire to get something significant accomplished. Together we reached an important compromise that centers on a simple premise: if you are too dangerous to fly on an airplane, you are too dangerous to buy a gun.
“Our goal from the beginning has been simple and straightforward: we want to make America safer. I’m very encouraged by today’s majority vote in support of our amendment and look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to advance this vital issue.”
The bipartisan legislation is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Angus King (I-ME), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Mark Warner (D-VA).