The only Democrat in the Nebraska Congressional delegation defends President Obama’s use of executive action to tighten gun laws.
Congressman Brad Ashford says President Barack Obama didn’t make any new law in his series of executive orders issued in wake of recent mass shootings.
“I would prefer, and I think all Americans would prefer, that gun issues be handled within the Congress and not solely by the president,” Ashford tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Yet, Ashford says everything the president did is within his and the Attorney General’s constitutional authority.
The major piece of the president’s action would close what the White House contends is a loophole in current law; requiring all gun sellers to be licensed and conduct background checks whether they sell from a retail store, at a gun show, or over the Internet. The president has also called for the addition of 200 new Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to enforce current gun laws as well as an additional $500 million to increase access to mental health services.
Ashford says those barred from buying guns must be stopped from getting them, including those on the no-fly list.
“I know there’s some concern about the list itself and that’s a legitimate concern, but then the discussion should be about who goes on the list and how can they get off the list? I think that’s something we can debate.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]