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Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms RIver)

MacArthur wants improved checks on gun purchases

By David Wildstein, February 21 2018 9:45 am

Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) says that the suspected killer of seventeen at a Florida high school last week should not have been able to get a gun but did because the system failed.

“While I have voted for more robust funding for NICS – the federal background check system – there are clearly problems with it.” MacArthur said. “I am calling on Attorney General Sessions to issue guidance to States, which have their own background check systems, on ways to bolster their efforts, and make them more universal across the board. I also believe that background checks are worthless, unless they cover every gun purchase.”

MacArthur met this week with local law enforcement officials, a licensed certified social worker, a local advocate for Everytown for Gun Safety, and a local NRA member to discuss community safety and the issue of gun violence.

“There was no finger-pointing or name calling; instead we had a productive and open conversation about this critical topic.  I walked away from this meeting believing we can effectuate real change that will make our communities safer,” said MacArthur.  “Doing nothing to stop gun violence in our communities is irresponsible.  We must work together and advance real solutions to protect our children and neighborhoods.”

The two-term congressman wants Congress to provide more funding for additional security personal and safe infrastructure improvements and crate a national pilot program to address mental health concerns in real time.  He also agrees that Congress should authorize a federal study on gun violence.

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