Kaine calls for gun safety debate in the U.S. Senate

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WASHINGTON, DC (WDBJ7) Tim Kaine says it's time for the U.S. Senate to debate gun safety, and take a vote on measures he believes can help to curb gun violence.

Kaine spoke with Virginia reporters during a teleconference from Washington Thursday morning.

He supports universal background checks and restrictions on high-capacity magazines. He has called on Republican leaders in the Senate to allow votes on those issues.

"We had a vote on background checks in the aftermath of the horrible shooting at Sandy Hook, that was in December 2012," Kaine said, "but since that time it's now been six years, more than six years, and there hasn't been a debate on gun safety on the floor of the Senate in that entire time. It's like there's a gag rule where there's a topic that's not allowed to be raised."

Kaine said he cannot guarantee the measures would pass, but he said the American people are entitled to a debate, and a vote.