Comments Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On New Revelations Regarding The Shooting In Charleston, South Carolina

“It is heartbreaking to learn the tragedy that struck the members and families of Mother Emanuel Church and shook the entire nation possibly could have been prevented.  We simply cannot have such failures in our background check system, and peoples’ lives are at stake.  Clearly, more oversight is needed.  I expect the Senate Judiciary Committee will be looking further into this matter so we can make sure such a tragic mistake is never repeated.”

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