State News
10:11 am
Mon April 15, 2013

U.S. Senator Durbin on background checks for gun sales

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois is unsure whether there are enough Democratic votes to pass a bipartisan plan on background checks before guns sales. The Senate Majority Whip said he has yet to conduct a count. But as a guest on Fox News Sunday, Durbin said moving a bill to expand background checks through the Senate would be a step in the right direction.

“When it gets down to it, we have to ask the basic question: Should we try to keep guns out of the hands of felons and people so mentally unstable they shouldn’t own a firearm?  If the answer is yes, then Manchin-Toomey is a step in that direction.”

Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas joined Durbin on the Sunday morning talk show. Cornyn did not say whether there were enough votes to block the background check plan.Instead, Cornyn indicated that the solution to gun violence should start with bolstering mental health services.