WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) released the below statement on her vote on the motion to proceed to the consideration of legislation to address gun violence in America:

“The tragedies that have impacted far too many of our communities deserves all of our attention. That’s why I have encouraged the bipartisan discussions to come up with commonsense legislative proposals that have the potential to help prevent these terrible events from happening in the future. I have also been adamant that the proposals put forth must not infringe on law-abiding citizens’ second amendment rights.

“My vote this evening is a vote to continue this critically important debate because it’s a debate worth having. My vote also recognizes the hard work my colleagues have done on the framework. Increasing funding for mental health services, school safety initiatives, and in our background check system, are all worthwhile. This bill is not about issues such as red flag laws, which will never be enacted in our state. This bill is about addressing issues such as mental health. It is also about keeping law abiding and gun owning West Virginians safe.” 

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