WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- “Our goal is simple and straightforward. We want to make America safer,” Maine Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) said.
Collins, a Republican, is leading a new effort for gun control measure in Congress. Her bill would prohibit gun sales to those on the government’s no-fly list. It’s quickly gaining bipartisan support from Democrats like Virginia Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA).
“I’m really sick to getting to the end of it all and not doing something about it and seeing that happen again, and again, and again,” Kaine added.
This push comes after a series of four gun control measures were voted down in the Senate Monday night. The democratic amendments would have blocked gun sales to anyone on the no-fly list and required background checks for sales at gun shows and over the Internet. The two republican measures would have notified the FBI if people on the terror watch list tried to buy a gun and another that focused on updating the mental health considerations in the background check system.
Virginia Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) said he would have liked to see a resolution on Monday, but said he is willing to look into Collins’ new bill. He doesn’t agree with some on the other side who say no changes can be made to gun laws.
“This would be the first step in at least the senate starting to move off that position,” Warner said.
Collins bill is similar to the one proposed Monday but targets a smaller group of gun buyers. The bill also requires a five-year ‘look back’ provision, alerting the FBI when someone who’s been on the no-fly list in the last five years tries to buy a gun. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has supported that measure for a while.
“If they had a bill that did just that, it would pass,” Sen. Paul (R-KY) said.
Now the question is, can Collins’ bill pass in its entirety?
Senators Warner and Paul have not said if they will support Collins amendment. Collins said she expects a vote on the bill sometime later this week or next.