U.S. Senator Roberts explains gun control bill vote

The Senate defeated a plan Wednesday to expand background checks on firearm sales.

The proposal would have also banned some semi-automatic weapons modeled after military assault weapons.

President Barack Obama blasted congress for voting down the bill.

The package was heavily pushed by president Obama and democratic leaders in the aftermath of the Newtown school massacre in December.

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R- Kan.) released a statement today on his opposition to the bill saying: “I believe that Senators Toomey and Manchin came to the table with a sincere proposal, however, I have serious concerns with their legislation, including the expansion of the background check system and government intrusion on private firearm transfers.”

“I think there is a better solution. As an alternative, today I am helping to introduce legislation that protects Kansans’ fundamental right to self-protection, while making a comprehensive effort to reduce illegal gun violence, the Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act of 2013.”

Roberts says the new legislation will improve the national instant criminal background check system, increase resources for prosecutions of gun crime and address mental illness in the criminal justice system.

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R- Kan.) also voted against today’s measure.

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