COALITION TO STOP GUN VIOLENCE APPLAUDS PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR TAKING ACTION AS CONGRESS CONTINUES TO SERVE GUN LOBBY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 5, 2016
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Washington, DC—The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence applauds President Obama for signing a series of executive actions today aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals and promoting the development of smart gun technology.

The featured action today by the Administration will ensure that those who are “engaged in the business” of dealing firearms are licensed and conduct background checks on buyers. This includes private individuals who routinely sell guns online and at gun shows.

The Administration will also close a dangerous loophole that allows individuals to avoid background check requirements when they purchase dangerous weapons like machine guns and sawed-off shotguns through legal entities such as trusts and corporations.

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence executive director Josh Horwitz was present at the White House this morning when the President signed the new executive orders and his response was as follows:

The Executive Orders announced by President Obama today are a positive step toward making our communities safer. While this Congress continues to sit on its hands and do nothing to prevent the next gun-related tragedy, this President showed real leadership and took decisive action to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals. All those who are sick and tired of seeing American families destroyed by gun violence owe the Administration a debt of gratitude.

CSGV Virginia State Director Lori Haas was also present at the signing ceremony and had the following to say:

As someone who has been working on the ground now for eight years to strengthen our gun laws and prevent suffering, I am so appreciative of this President’s leadership. He is doing everything he can to create a safer America we can all be proud of. It is now incumbent on this Do-Nothing Congress to follow his example and eliminate the other dangerous loopholes in our gun laws, which are the weakest in the civilized world.

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The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) seeks to secure freedom from gun violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy. CSGV can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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