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ADL Expresses “Profound Disappointment” in Senate’s Rejection of Background Check Expansion

New York, NY, April 18, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed profound disappointment in the Senate’s failure to expand necessary background checks for gun purchases. The plan, which would have expanded background checks to online and gun-show firearms sales, failed to pass the Senate by six votes.

Barry Curtiss-Lusher, ADL National Chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

Expanding background checks to online and gun-show sales would have closed important loopholes in our laws and could have kept firearms out of the hands of dangerous criminals and extremists. The Senate’s failure to act is disheartening.

In the past year, we have seen far too many tragedies related to gun violence. From Newtown to Oak Creek and Aurora, we have mourned with the families and communities who lost loved ones to senseless violence. As a nation, we vowed to take action to prevent further gun violence and the loss of additional innocent lives.

Expanding background checks to gun-show and online sales was a crucial step toward making America safer, and we are profoundly disappointed by the Senate’s failure to pass the Manchin-Toomey amendment. We believe that a crucial way to limit the power of extremists and reduce violence in our communities is to enact effective gun violence prevention legislation.

The League has consistently monitored and exposed the threats posed by violence-prone extremists and terrorists. Between 2001 and 2012, domestic extremists used firearms in 65 percent of the 263 domestic extremist-related killings.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

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