Lindsey Graham's Votes on Gun Legislation

Significant gun reform fails.

Sen. Lindsey Graham voted on several bills relating to gun control on Wednesday in the US Senate, include the much-discussed Manchin-Toomey Background Check Amendment. Graham voted against that and it failed to receive the 60 votes needed to avoid a filibuster, 54-46.

Graham said: “No matter how well-intentioned, the Manchin-Toomey amendment expanded background checks in an unwise way. The Internet provisions would have been burdensome and difficult for citizens to comply with. In addition, it contained provisions making advertising a firearm in a community or church bulletin subject to the same processes as if buying from a licensed dealer.”

Graham added:

“I’ve always been confident if the Senate debated the Second Amendment, the Second Amendment would win. Today we saw that President Obama’s politically-driven solutions to gun violence could not withstand scrutiny from Congress and the American people. Substance won out over the unsound solutions President Obama and others were pushing.

“I’m very pleased the Senate took up, debated, and voted on gun violence legislation. I was always ready and willing to vote in support of what I believe.” 

The amendment Graham sponsored, also failed, 52-48.

Graham said, “I was very proud the Grassley-Cruz-Graham amendment received a majority vote. I hope the House of Representatives will take up this bipartisan legislation which focuses on ensuring people like Alice Boland are in the National Instant Criminal Background (NICS) system. The legislation included important provisions for school resource officers. It holds the Department of Justice accountable for the gun laws they have not enforced. It was supported by the National Rifle Association and provided real-world practical solutions to the problem of gun violence. I strongly encourage the U.S. House of Representatives to take up and pass our legislation.”

In a press conference after the votes, President Barack Obama said, "It was a pretty shameful day for Washington." And that those who voted against it "caved" to the NRA.

During the vote a woman shouted from the Senate gallery, "Shame on you!"

Graham's other votes plus comments: 

Graham Voted Against the Feinstein Amendment Banning Assault Weapons

(Failed 40-60, required 60 votes)

“The assault weapons ban didn’t work in the 1990’s and it won’t work now.  I, along with millions of other Americans, own an AR-15. Only a fraction of the murders committed in the country involve any type of rifle and the Feinstein assault weapons ban does not address the real problems of gun violence.”  

Graham Voted in Support of the Cornyn National Conceal-Carry Reciprocity Legislation

(Failed 57-43, required 60 votes)

“I voted for this amendment because it would allow a person with a valid state-issued concealed firearm permit to carry in other states that do not prohibit concealed carry.”

Graham Voted Against the Lautenberg-Blumenthal Amendment Limiting Magazine Size

(Failed 46-54, required 60 votes)

“One bullet in the hands of a homicidal maniac is one too many.  But in the case of a young mother defending her children against a home invader -- a real-life event which recently occurred near Atlanta -- six bullets may not be enough.  Criminals aren’t going to follow legislation limiting magazine capacity.  However, a limit could put law-abiding citizens at a distinct disadvantage when confronting a criminal.”

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Madeshade April 19, 2013 at 11:33 PM
I understand and respect your rationale, Deborah. However, how will this prevent criminals from obtaining guns? Or mentally disturbed? With your logic, I'm assuming you believe only those with authentic prescriptions from physicians purchase and smoke marijuana, eh? I'm not being a jerk, but I do challenge your logic. Take a look at some of what JED mentioned above - all relevant examples of criminals with guns. Would you logically argue these events would not or could not have happened had background checks been conducted? Because criminals are always honest and wouldn't either a) lie on the background check or b) buy it on the street ('cause that's illegal or even c) have someone buy it for them? All background checks ultimately offer is another permanent tracking measure for our oh-so-amazing government to use as a master list to locate and forcibly remove weapons from those of us who choose to freely exercise our rights to keep and bear arms.
Mimi April 20, 2013 at 04:38 AM
madeshade I don't know where you live but it must suck to be you so consumed with fear. I bet you look under your bed for monsters. I don't surrender my constitutional rights on anything furthermore laws are made to SUPPLEMENT our constitutional rights to keep us all safe. If in your delusionals why make laws at all cause you know criminals will just ignore them anyway. You are foolish, delusional nut who watches too many movies. Take your meds man
Terranc S. Mc Nicholas April 20, 2013 at 12:50 PM
I am so sick of ignorant white southeran men dictating the polocies of our Country! I am sick of paying disproportionately my Northern tax dollars to support their bigoted and racists lifestyles. I am sick of their hate, guns and sense of entitlement! I am sick of their perversion of Christianity!! Make no mistake about it-this is the threat to our Country! Ignorant, self righteous people who cloth themselves falsely in the American flag and a crucifix! How scary is that?
Terranc S. Mc Nicholas April 20, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Still awaiting approval. Interesting.
Ben Therinbach April 22, 2013 at 09:02 AM
To Terranc S. McNicholas: The next time you hear a military pilot exit his plane listen for a Southern accent, or an infantry sergeant calling his troops to order, a Navy Captain issuing orders from his bridge, or the solemn prayer of a chaplin at the gravesite of a patriot, you may come to understand why Southern Americans "clothe themselves in the American flag." They do so because they are TRUE patriots, and have played integral roles in the freedom and preservation of this great Republic. I don't know where you are from, but you must be pretty tired of being sick all the time. Most people in such a condition would seek residence elsewhere. So, on behalf of all my relatives, including myself, who wore the uniform, or spilled blood in a foreign land since the American Revolution, go back to your place of origin. And take your ignorant and biased opinions with you!


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