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January 5, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC – CongressmanDavid E. Price (NC-04), Vice Chair of the House Democrats’ Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, released the following statement on President Obama’s gun violence executive action.

“As I said after Sandy Hook, Charleston, Aurora, Virginia Tech, Roseburg, San Bernardino, and Chapel Hill, I categorically reject the notion that we can’t develop reasonable reforms that will save lives while protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners. I have long advocated for proposals like requiring background checks for gun sales at gun shows or over the Internet and lifting the ban on federally-funded gun violence research, ideas that have widespread support throughout the country.

“The reforms President Obama announced today are limited in scope, but they are a well-designed first step and fall well within his constitutional authority. He has repeatedly emphasized that he would much prefer congressional action on gun violence; unfortunately, Republican leadership in Congress refuses to consider even the most common-sense gun reform proposals. Executive action is his only recourse.

“Pretending the problem doesn’t exist won’t make it go away. Neither will pandering to special interests over the concerns of the majority of the American people. Congress must finally get the message that something can and must be done about gun violence. The future of our country is at stake.”