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Two LA senators vote to protect second amendment rights

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Landrieu and Vitter both voted against the bill that would regulate large capacity ammunition feeding devices, or magazine clips.

The 46 opposed to 54 in favor for the bill fell short of the 60 votes needed to pass. Due to procedural steps by Republican opponents, the amendments required 60 votes to pass in the 100-member chamber, meaning Democrats and their independent allies who hold 55 seats needed support from some GOP senators to push them through.

President Barack Obama blamed the defeat of a compromise deal on stricter gun laws on "the gun lobby and its allies," says that those who voted against the legislation "willfully lied" about its provisions.

The President spoke angrily about two proposals defeated Wednesday in the Senate. One would expand background checks on firearms sales, and the other would ban some semi-automatic firearms modeled after military assault weapons.

In a statement released from U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu's office, says that Landrieu (D-La) voted for common-sense legislation that strengthens and clarifies Second Amendment rights and helps reduce gun violence. However, Sen. Landrieu voted against the assault weapons ban and restrictions on the size of magazines, saying these provisions went too far.

She also said "the Manchin-Toomey compromise was a hard-fought but balanced approach that would reduce gun violence and make it much harder for criminals and mentally ill individuals to access guns. Currently, guns can be purchased online and at gun shows without any background check whatsoever, leaving a gaping hole in our gun protection system. However, even with my support, the measure did not garner the 60 votes necessary for passage in the Senate. I believe that we must do a better job of keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. I'm confident that most people understand the importance of closing this loophole while preserving the rights of law abiding individuals to own and use guns for hunting, sport and self-protection".

Law enforcement officials from across Louisiana supported the Manchin-Toomey legislation and praised Sen. Landrieu for her vote today. Sen. Landrieu also was praised by hunters and sportsmen for her vote today.

Sen. David Vitter also voted in favor to protect the Second Amendment rights of veterans and their families.

Shortly after President Obama's announcement about the gun laws vote, Congressman Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) issued the following statement following the defeat of the so-called Manchin-Toomey "gun compromise".

"At this point in our history, when Americans feel their freedoms are under assault by the federal government, the Manchin-Toomey proposal should have been opposed. Law abiding citizens should not be treated as part of the problem. Therefore, Congress should act thoughtfully and not pass legislation that expands the scope and size of government" says Cassidy.

President Obama stood near former representative Gabrielle Giffords and relatives of other shooting victims and stated that the White House public opinion was strongly behind expanded background checks. Despite that, opponents of the legislation were "worried that the gun lobby would spend a lot of money" at the next election, he said.

"So all in all this was a pretty shameful day for Washington," he added.

Click here to view all of the U.S. Senate votes on the gun law bills.

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