Alexander to Oppose Toomey-Manchin Amendment, First Vote on Gun Control Legislation

Says proposal would infringe on Second Amendment rights

Posted on April 11, 2013

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“I’ll examine each amendment to determine whether it strengthens or infringes upon our Second Amendment rights.” – Lamar Alexander

WASHINGTON, April 12 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on his decision to oppose an amendment to expand background checks offered by Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has said the Toomey-Manchin amendment will be the first to come up when the Senate begins deliberation of gun legislation next week.

“I’ll examine each amendment to determine whether it strengthens or infringes upon our Second Amendment rights,” Alexander said. “The Toomey-Manchin proposal to expand background checks in my opinion doesn’t meet that test and I will vote against it.”

In its most recent ranking of the senator, the National Rifle Association gave Alexander an “A" rating.

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