Biden speaks out on stunning Senate defeat of mental health gun bill

By Amy Cherry 4:28pm, June 28, 2013 - Updated 4:43pm, June 28, 2013
Attorney General Beau Biden (WDEL/File)
Attorney General Beau Biden tells WDEL he's shocked and surprised the measure restricting those with mental illness from having guns failed in the state Senate Thursday.

"People who doctors believe are a risk to themselves and others should not be able to go to Dick's Sporting Goods and buy a weapon," says Biden.

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The measure failed in a vote 13-to-6 Thursday after passing nearly unanimously in the House.

Biden believes last-minute pressure from the National Rifle Association may have influenced lawmakers, despite the NRA's claim the group is "neutral" on the bill.

"I'm always interested in what a neutral position is; I don't have the luxury of taking a neutral position, I tell people what I believe on an issue. I know legislators, state Senators, received dozens and dozens if not hundreds of e-mails in their inboxes and phone calls from some group of people who were putting great pressure on them to vote against this common sense approach," he says.

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But Biden insists the fight isn't over.

"Look, I'm not giving up. I'm going to go down to the last day of the session Sunday and do everything I can to make sure that the Senate reconsiders this and passes this," he says.

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