Democrat Conor Lamb says new gun laws not needed to prevent violence
Democratic congressional candidate Conor Lamb said Friday that new gun laws aren’t the answer to preventing more mass shootings like the one at a Florida high school this week.
Lawmakers should instead improve the effectiveness of existing background-check laws, said Lamb, 33, of Mount Lebanon, who is campaigning for a March 13 special election in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
“I believe we have a pretty good law on the books and it says on paper that there are a lot of people who should never get guns in their hands,” Lamb said at a campaign event in Carnegie. “And we know that the background check system is not achieving that result. What I think it’s going to take is people in Congress who are willing to do more than just talk, who are willing to actually work together and stay late, if it requires that, and do some things that would really produce change.”
He didn’t provide specifics on what he thinks might produce that change.
When asked whether he would support background checks for people who buy weapons at gun shows and online – checks are not currently required for all private sales in those situations – he said, “I’d be willing to look at proposals that would strengthen our background check system, but I want to start where the broad agreement already is, and the broad agreement already is that we’re not doing a good enough job keeping guns out of the hands of people with mental health conditions and with criminals.”
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