Northwest Iowa — President Obama issued an executive order yesterday which he says is designed to tighten restrictions on buying guns, including more mandatory background checks for some private sales. Iowa’s senior Senator, Chuck Grassley, says the order comes under the jurisdiction of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which he chairs. Grassley says America’s response to recent tragedies involving guns “should include a thoughtful review of not only how, but also why they happened.”
Grassley, a Republican, says “the devil will be in the details of the regulations that he’s proposing,” and the parameters of the executive order will be carefully analyzed.
Grassley says Maryland, Illinois, California, and even Washington, D.C., have some of the nation’s strictest gun laws, yet they have some of the worst records for firearm deaths. He says Congress has debated and continues to debate appropriate changes to America’s gun laws that respect Second Amendment rights.
Grassley says he’s working with Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, on a bill to prevent all non-citizens who aren’t legal permanent residents from buying guns. He’s also put forward a number of bills to improve our response to mental health issues, which he notes, are often at the root of these tragedies.