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Burr, Hagan divided on gun control bill

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(R) Senator Richard Burr (R) Senator Richard Burr
(D) Senator Kay Hagan (D) Senator Kay Hagan

North Carolina Senators will be on opposite sides of the gun control issue when the Senate votes on a bi-partisan plan for expanding background checks to more gun buyers.

Republican Senator Richard Burr, who originally supported the legislation, released the following statement Tuesday in opposition of that legislation:

"I oppose the Manchin-Toomey amendment and will vote against it. I supported having a debate on the issue of violent crime, but as I made clear from the outset, I will oppose any legislation that chips away at our Constitutional rights.  After reviewing the current text of the Manchin-Toomey proposal, I have numerous Second Amendment, due process and privacy concerns that make the legislation too problematic for it to ever become law."

Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Kay Hagan told the Charlotte Observer she supports the measure.

The Senate is set to vote Wednesday on that bi-partisan plan. They'll also vote on eight other amendments to a broad Democratic gun control bill.

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