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Phil Mattingly @Phil_Mattingly
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The first floor speech for @SenDougJones is happening now. Tune into C-SPAN2
Jones: "It's time that we have a serious, pragmatic and practical discussion - not a debate or negotiation - but a dialogue on the steps we can take to reduce the harm caused by gun violence in this country."
Jones, after talking about his enjoyment of hunting and shooting in general: "While I know that guns and gun control are difficult issues in this country, I can tell you they are complicated for me, too."
Jones: "I believe we've finally reached a tipping point in this country on gun violence now."
Jones: "Let us find what we can agree on it, act on it, and begin to make our country a safer place."
Jones urges lawmakers to halt efforts to ban specific guns, which can't pass Congress, focus on keeping guns out of the wrong hands.

Urges lawmakers to stop demonizing the NRA, and the urges NRA to stop with scare tactics

Calls for legislative ban on bump stocks
Jones calls for universal background checks, with exceptions for family transfers, or for those w/ concealed carry permit or law enforcement officers
Jones is basically running through every potentially viable gun violence bill intro'd in the Senate, from both sides, in his call for a comprehensive/bipartisan approach to addressing the issue.
Jones finishes and yields the floor to applause from Republican and Democratic senators in the chamber
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