North Dakota Senators do not support new Gun Control Bill

Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff
Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff

(Washington, DC) -- North Dakota representatives are reacting after the U.S. Senate passed sweeping gun reform legislation.

The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, passed on Thursday night, would increase background checks and add funding for mental health, school safety and crisis intervention programs.

The bill was supported by 50 Democrats and 15 Republicans, not including Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer. Hoeven voted against the measure, while Cramer did not cast a vote.

“I believe we need to do more to secure our schools, but I am concerned that the red flag provisions in the Murphy/Cornyn bill will unfairly infringe on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens, which is why I voted against it," said Senator Hoeven. "Also, that’s why I have cosponsored the Safe Schools Act which provides additional resources for school security, training for law enforcement, better enforcement of our current laws, and more mental health resources.”

While Senator Cramer didn't vote, he also voiced concerns about Second Amendment infringements involving the bill.