Bloomberg Praises Gun Control Bill As Good But ‘Not Perfect’

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday praised the Senate’s gun control bill as a good step forward, but conceded it’s “not perfect.”

“I think this is not perfect but it takes you 90 percent of the way — maybe 95 percent of the way — towards more rational gun laws,” Bloomberg said on his radio show, according to the New York Observer. “And the public is overwhelmingly in favor of background checks. A couple of the editorial boards thinks it’s not enough, but the public does and I do.”

In a statement Wednesday, Bloomberg praised the comprise to expand backround checks for gun purchases, reached by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), and said his pro-gun control group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, will work to make sure it passes. 

The Senate on Thursday voted to send the legislation to the floor for debate.

Read more from Bloomberg’s appearance here.

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