Cory Gardner doesn’t deny blocking a bipartisan effort to improve gun-purchase background checks in TV interview

by By The Denver Post
March 12, 2018


U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner was asked about background checks for gun purchases on national news program Sunday morning and did not deny that he has put a hold on a bill designed to strengthen accountability of federal agencies that don’t properly document applicants’ criminal histories.

The Colorado Republican, interviewed on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” said he has concerns about the measure that has broad bipartisan support in the Senate over what he describes as “due process issues.”

“This isn’t a issue of whether you like this or not,” he said. “It’s a question of constitutional rights and protecting the people of this country, protecting them from harm …”

“So, you are blocking the bill for now?” moderator Margaret Brennan interjected.

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Navy Bob says:

    Like the Senator, I believe we need to fix what we have before we go out and make new and more restrictive laws. That always seems to be the knee jerk, liberal response: “More stringent gun laws”. Did they work in Chicago? Did they work in DC or Baltimore? Compare this to how we addressed DUI deaths. When I started driving in the 70’s, you had to “blow” a 0.15 on the breathalyzer to be charged with DUI. Now it’s down to 0.08. They did NOT do “DUI Checkpoints” or have “DUI Enforcement Areas” as we have now. Yet people are still dying form DUI crashes. Has the number lessened? Yes it has. Have more been arrested? Yes, again. But, like with so many other laws (INCLUDING gun violations), the number of those arrests that lead to actual punishment has decreased due to plea bargaining and politicians wanting to show that their new laws led to a decrease in DUI’s.
    Show me the ONE law that will actually decrease gun violence and school shooting and I’ll support it. Show me the ONE law that people who now have been violating existing laws to illegally obtain their guns now will follow. Until then, hyperbole, from both sides, will not help fix the problem.

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