Contact: Lawrence Cook
January 5, 2016
THE WHITE HOUSE—State Senator Beth Bye (D-West Hartford) today joined President Barack Obama at a news conference announcing the president’s intention to use executive action to require small-scale gun sellers to order background checks on prospective buyers, and other initiatives.
“It is important that the nationwide standard for buying and selling firearms is the same: everyone has to be legally and mentally qualified to purchase and possess a firearm, and background checks have to be mandatory for every firearms purchase in America, no matter how many or how few firearms you sell,” said state Sen. Bye, who is one of the leading proponents of gun safety laws in Connecticut.
A Gallup poll in October found 86 percent of Americans support universal background checks for firearms purchases, while only 12 percent oppose them.
“A vocal minority that is out-of-step with the public safety concerns of a vast majority of Americans cannot be allowed to dictate this national debate and continue to endanger our families and our communities,” Sen. Bye said. “I stand with President Obama today in calling for more stringent regulations on small-scale gun sellers and in calling on Congress to pass the universal firearms background checks that Americans demand and deserve.”
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