Wicker – My vote in line with NRA’s position, will filibuster unfavorable gun bill

Wicker, however, said in a statement sent to The Clarion-Ledger that allowing debate would give lawmakers “the opportunity to vote on measures to strengthen gun rights, such as an amendment to protect veterans from unfair restrictions when trying to purchase a firearm.”

Wicker added that he “will filibuster passage of a final bill if it contains gun restrictions or a weapons ban.”

The vote opened the door to an emotion-laden debate on the legislation, which would subject more firearms buyers to federal background checks, strengthen laws against illicit gun trafficking and increase school safety aid. Advocates say the measures would make it harder for criminals and the mentally ill to get weapon,

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