Rep. Maloney Stands Firm for Gun Safety

Feb 2, 2017
Press Release
Condemns vote repealing background check provision

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), member of the House Democratic Caucus’ Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to reverse an Obama Administration effort  to provide Social Security Administration information on individuals with severe mental health disorders  to the federal gun background check system.

“I am deeply troubled by the House’s vote to reverse a step in the background check process for gun purchases. The rule, which implements bipartisan legislation that Congress passed unanimously in 2007, enables the background check process to keep weapons out of the hands of those who would do harm to themselves or others, and who are already prohibited from owning a firearm by federal law. Reversing this rule puts American lives at risk.

"Rather than work with a new administrator to improve the rule, the Majority would rather have no rule at all. This bill not only repeals this background check improvement rule, it also prohibits the federal government from issuing a similar rule in the future.

"We’ve got it backwards. We shouldn’t be repealing gun safety rules, we should be strengthening them. Gun violence is an epidemic in this country and we have done literally nothing in Congress about it since Republicans took the majority in the House in 2011.”