Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed reacts to Senate passage of gun legislation

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (WLNE) — The United States Senate voted Thursday night overwhelmingly to pass the most significant pieces of gun legislation in nearly three decades.

The bipartisan vote passed 65-33, with all 50 Democratic senators voting in favor, along with 15 Republicans. Among the leaders in the vote to pass these gun laws includes Reed.

The bipartisan passage of gun legislation by the U.S. Senate Thursday was the most significant piece of gun legislation in nearly 28 years. Senator Reed said the passage of these gun control laws is long overdue.

“Just ignoring the problem which has been done for several decades is no longer an excuse,” Reed said.

The Senate approved historic pieces of gun legislation in a landslide 65-33 vote. The bipartisan legislation passed includes increased background checks and red flag laws.

Reed called the vote a historic one, and added it’s an important first step to curb gun violence in the U.S. But he also said there’s still a long way to go before gun violence in the United States is solved.

“I think we can do more to protect the American people. Particularly children in schools,” Reed said.

In Rhode Island, Gov. Dan McKee signed three pieces of gun legislation into law for the state earlier this week, which raises the age to purchase a gun from 18 years old to 21 years old, limiting magazine capacity to 10 rounds of ammo, as well as banning open carry.

And in the days since, supporters of the second amendment and gun store owners have responded, filing lawsuits against the state.

“We intend to ensure that we’re doing everything that we can to keep the people in the state of Rhode Island safe and if we need to, defend that in court. We’re prepared to do that,” McKee said.

When asked about the lawsuits, Reed agreed with the governor’s stance of signing the bills into law.

“Well, I think the state had both the constitutional and legal authority to pass, and they felt the necessity to pass them,” Reed said.

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