Holder Defends Section 5, Promotes Gun Control Measures in New York Speech
By Jennifer Koons | April 5, 2013 11:56 am

Attorney General Eric Holder launched a vigorous defense of the Obama administration’s commitment to upholding the Voting Rights Act and enforcing tougher gun control measures during a keynote address last night before the National Action Network in New York City.

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at NAN 2013 (By Terrence Jennings)


Holder pledged that the Department of Justice would continue to defend Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act regardless of how the Supreme Court rules in a case currently on the docket.

“As we await the court’s decision, I want to assure you that no matter the outcome, the Department of Justice will remain committed to the aggressive and appropriate enforcement of all voting and civil rights protections, including every part of the Voting Rights Act,” Holder said in prepared remarks before the largely African-American audience.

Holder also reiterated earlier calls for strengthening gun control measures. He praised the ”comprehensive plan” unveiled by Barack Obama in January, which he said is “consistent with the Second Amendment” and “would not infringe — in any way — on the rights of responsible, law-abiding gun owners.”

This has been a busy week for Holder, who also announced he would join the president in taking a voluntary pay cut if the Justice Department is forced to enact employee furloughs.

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