Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen Commends President Obama’s Executive Action on Gun Control

January 5, 2016
Press Release

[WASHINGTON, DC] – Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, today commended President Obama’s executive action on gun control. Over the past decade in America, more than 100,000 people have died as a result of gun violence – and millions more have been the victim of assaults, robberies, and other crimes involving a gun. Many of these crimes were committed by people who never should have been able to purchase a gun in the first place.

“From Newtown to the Navy Yard, America has been devastated by far too many mass shootings,” said Congressman Cohen. “We cannot continue to sit back and let more than 30,000 Americans die from gun violence every single year. I commend President Obama for taking action to try to prevent future gun violence after Republicans in Congress have refused to act. The President’s actions will strengthen life-saving background checks, protect communities with bolstered enforcement, improve mental health services and fuel research to make guns safer. The vast majority of Americans – including the vast majority of gun owners – believe we must take sensible steps to address these horrible tragedies. That’s what the President is doing today.”

Last year, Congressman Cohen joined a bipartisan coalition in support of the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act to strengthen background checks nationwide.  If enacted, this legislation would expand the existing background check system to cover all commercial firearm sales, including those at gun shows, over the internet, or in classified ads.

Congressman Cohen has cosponsored numerous other bills in Congress to help reduce gun violence including the Safer Communities Act of 2015, the Background Check Completion Act, the Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2015, the Accidental Firearms Transfer Reporting Act of 2015, the End Purchase of Firearms by Dangerous Individual Act, a bill to require the Surgeon General to submit an annual report to Congress on the effects of gun violence on public health, and a resolution to establish a Select Committee on Gun Violence Prevention.

You can find details on President Obama’s executive action on gun control here