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Well we're just getting word from the nation's highest court they are declining to hear a New York gun rights carrying concealed weapons case.
A -- the High Court is saying that it will not way you know whether gun owners have a constitutional right.
To carry handguns outside the home we'll get more details on this as we get them in the meantime.
Senators are set to begin historic debate on a controversial new gun control bill.
A potential bipartisan deal on background checks seems to be gaining steam West Virginia Democrat senator Joseph mansion says he's.
His meeting -- -- families left in hoping that Washington -- courageously.
May even acknowledge a piece of legislation we're working on which is the background checks for criminal and mental illness.
Would not have saved the little babies -- not a save their children.
But they said if we can spare another family from the -- we've gone through by keeping the guns out of the hands of a criminal or someone -- to -- Then our child maybe would not have died in day.
If we had one ounce of the courage that these families and -- -- -- reason ability sensibility if you will common sense.
Gun with a better place to -- in Washington.
Missouri Republican senator Roy Blunt joins as he is on the Senate Armed Services Committee senator good to see you aren't there enough voters.
Are there enough votes to pass this bipartisan deal on expanded background checks and will you vote.
In favor of you know I don't know if -- enough votes or not I will not be voting for this I think it potentially could lead to a gun registry which I'm not for.
And we're not currently is enforcing the background checks we have on the books now there was a heated exchange recently between senator Graham Graham and a police chief about do you follow up -- you find out that people.
Aren't able to bio weapon on the background check system now I just I think what senator Manchin said -- the way I wanna.
They encourage he and senator Toomey both to have that kind of effort they're making the work together to find solutions.
But as he said that in just a moment ago.
This wouldn't have prevented any of the things that we're talking about that wouldn't prevent it sandy hook it would have prevented.
Aurora Colorado would have prevented Tucson.
I'd rather see us focus our efforts on middle -- in areas where we actually might.
Have the potential to prevent the things just happen.
That you said one of your objections were your main objection is is really that you're you're fearful that this will lead to a federal gun registry well.
Senator Toomey Republican colleague who you know negotiated this bipartisan deal with mansion.
It will not in any way lead to a gun registry.
Well and end -- that so that's his point of view and it's it's it's one that may have validity just.
Last week it was determined that the state of Missouri my -- and given a 167000.
Concealed can't carry permit information on -- 160000.
People to a ball all federal agencies the Social Security Administration once you get.
These list out there once you have a gun dealer keeping lists for lots of other people the only way that works frankly I think is if you keep the paper and if you keep the paper eventually.
Somebody's gonna -- work.
The -- mean -- proposal on background checks to cover Internet and gun show purchases.
Which allegedly accounts for about 40% of all sales but would still exempt sales between family members.
-- What are the objections to that.
Well I think exempting sales between family members and two neighbors who wanna change -- the trade shotguns is a good thing.
I'm just not gonna be voting for this I think we should take this moment.
To try to solve the problem that's why senator Stabenow and I still hope we have a chance to offer our bill on.
On -- mental health that would allow a federally qualified senators to do that.
Senator a senator baggage others are involved in.
With me on mental health first aid on how you you make it more certain that people -- had a mental health problem that led to criminal behavior -- get help.
We just had a number of veterans come in last week and and support the middle health bill that senator Stabenow and our war.
But we haven't heard from senator -- yet about -- those things are gonna even be offered as amendments.
To this bill that would actually have had impact potentially on what happened at sandy hook and other.
Places hi I'm well aware that you've cosponsored.
Is several bills or amendments.
On the issue of mental health.
Which is -- -- serious serious issue and almost all of these mass shootings.
But the -- mansion bipartisan deal also has a provision on mental health you heard.
Senator mansion mention it in the sound bite his energy issue it would clarify that doctors can.
And her mental health records in the national background check system.
Without a violation of privacy laws.
What do you think of that is that good enough for you.
Well well actually what that says this that it would allow you do that in spite of what the current privacy laws say I think you'll find there's going to be some.
Significant concern about about that I do think that we need be sure that we're waking up law enforcement officials when they have a problem.
That involves mental health you know -- that a couple of the cases I just mentioned.
Those individuals have been banned from the local campus from the local.
What ever but nobody else was told you know the guy at Tucson supermarket.
Couldn't go to the community college campus but that information was shared frankly I think it would be.
More appropriate to share that information that it would.
For mental health professionals to be told they should call in to some registry mental -- information that they have.
Senator Roy Blunt a pleasure to speak with you thanks -- -- -- --
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