Reid: Collins Gun Bill ‘A Step In The Right Direction’

“I’m encouraged by the dialogue on gun safety that’s taking place in the Senate now. Democrats and Republicans are working together to find solutions and protect Americans from gun violence.”

“The obvious first step is to keep guns and explosives out of the hands of suspected terrorists and criminals. That’s why it’s imperative that Senator Collins’ legislation get a vote. The amendment from the senior senator from Maine has bipartisan support. At the very at least, it’s a step in the right direction.”

“I know that the National Rifle Association is whipping its followers into a frenzy about this legislation – the Collins bipartisan legislation – they’re going crazy. And that’s disappointing but not surprising … The Republican leader should ignore the pleas, the desperate pleas from the NRA and bring Senator Collins’ amendment to the floor for a vote.

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senator floor today calling on Republican Senate leaders to give a vote to a bipartisan bill to keep guns and explosives out of the hands of suspected terrorists. Below are his remarks:

I’m encouraged by the dialogue on gun safety that’s taking place in the Senate now. Democrats and Republicans are working together to find solutions and protect Americans from gun violence.

The obvious first step is to keep guns and explosives out of the hands of suspected terrorists and criminals. That’s why it’s imperative that Senator Collins’ legislation get a vote. The amendment from the senior senator from Maine has bipartisan support. At the very at least, it’s a step in the right direction.

The state of Maine has a reputation for bipartisanship. I can remember when President Obama was first elected, we did the American Recovery Act, the stimulus. We had 57 or 58 senators, Democratic senators. I needed help in order to get that passed. Where did I look first? The state of Maine. Senators Collins and Snowe, they always came through. The reason we were able to pass the Recovery Acct is because of the state of Maine’s senatorial representation.

Of course it wouldn’t be fair to talk about the state of Maine without talking about Senator Angus King. What a terrific Senator. The state of Maine should be so proud of this guy, as I know they are based on his record as being elected governor and other things in Maine.

So it should be no surprise to anyone that the senior senator from Maine is working on a bipartisan basis. And while her legislation at this stage, in my mind, is not perfect, it’s a step in the right direction. I’m concerned with the Collins amendment for a number of reasons, and the justice department also has concerns. They’re worried about provisions dealing with the legislation. But as we speak bipartisan discussions continue to resolve these matters.

There’s no question that the Senate should vote on legislation that keeps guns away from suspected terrorists. So I appreciate the good work of Senator Collins.

I know that the National Rifle Association is whipping its followers into a frenzy about this legislation – the Collins bipartisan legislation – they’re going crazy. And that’s disappointing but not surprising. Almost every American agrees the suspected terrorists should not be able to purchase firearms and explosives. The Republican leader should ignore the pleas, the desperate pleas from the NRA and bring Senator Collins’ amendment to the floor for a vote.