Rep. Glenn Thompson on Background Check Amendment
WASHINGTON, DC (WENY) -- The issue of gun control overcame a big hurdle Thursday.
Sixteen Republican senators joined Democrats in voting to begin debate on a gun bill, overcoming a GOP filibuster. This comes just one day after Republican Senator Pat Toomey introduced an amendment to the bill that would expand background checks.
Pat Toomey's Republican colleagues are speaking out following the announcement of his background checks legislation, including Rep. Glenn Thompson, who says quote, "robust Second Amendment is a deterrent to violence."
Here's what he has to say about gun control:
"There are over 11,000 laws and regulations on the books already between federal, state, and local levels when it comes to gun laws. Maybe step one ought to be making sure we're enforcing all of those."
Thompson says legislation should deal with mental health, because the perpetrators often have mental health issues. Thompson says he could not support legislation that infringes on the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens.
"Every two years, when I stand before the Speaker of the House and raise my right hand and put my left hand on the Bible, I swear allegiance to following the Constitution - whether that's the Second Amendment, First Amendment, or the entire Bill of Rights."
Thompson says he's watching what's going on in the Senate very closely. He anticipates several weeks of debate there as more amendments to the gun bill are expected to be introduced.