Rep. Curbelo on the Sale of Firearms

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Washington, January 7, 2016 | comments

Washington, D.C.—Rep. Curbelo (FL-26) offered the following statement after reviewing the outlines of President Obama’s latest regulations on the sale of firearms:

“While the President has once again provoked an unnecessary political confrontation with Congress, his recent executive actions to reduce gun violence should be considered on their merits. At the heart of this debate over the 2nd Amendment to our Constitution is the need to reduce crime in our neighborhoods. I agree that we need more FBI agents to process background checks for people trying to buy firearms, and this latest action will allow for 230 additional examiners to review applications in a timely manner. In addition, I support the President’s plan for ATF to require any seller of firearms to obtain a license and conduct background checks on their customers. Whether it be at a gun show, a small shop, or over the internet, it is critical that we ensure those purchasing firearms are legally permitted to do so.

For far too long, the issue of individuals with mental health disorders committing violent crimes with firearms has been left unaddressed. Unfortunately, mental health problems and gun violence often coincide, resulting in deadly attacks across the country on our schools, offices, and places of worship. Providing federal investments in mental health treatment is something the President and most Members of Congress agree on. Today, I am calling on House and Senate leaders to advance mental health legislation as soon as possible.

By using executive authority to take these actions, the President has further politicized what should be a non-partisan issue. However we in Congress must act deliberately, with input from Members representing both urban neighborhoods and the sprawling countryside, to strike a balance between protecting Constitutional rights and keeping our communities safe.”

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