Harry Reid’s Emotional Plea For Gun Safety: ‘I Choose To Vote My Conscience’ | ThinkProgress

Harry Reid’s Emotional Plea For Gun Safety: ‘I Choose To Vote My Conscience’

By Igor Volsky on Apr 17, 2013 at 10:44 am

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) became emotional on the Senate floor Wednesday as he urged senators to support a gun safety bill that, in part, expands background checks to individuals who purchase guns at gun shows or online. The Senate will consider at least nine amendments to the measure on Wednesday afternoon, including provisions to ban assault weapons and limit the availability of high capacity magazines.

Reid — a moderate Democrat who has a ‘B’ rating from the National Rifle Association — tore into conspiracy theorists who use “shameful scare tactics” to claim that requiring more gun buyers to undergo screenings would lead to the creation of a national gun registry. He argued that the amendment offered by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) specifically outlaws a registry “on page 27″ and would strengthen existing prohibitions against federal officials who store the names of gun owners.

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