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Newhouse Votes ‘No’ on Gun Control Bill

February 27, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after voting ‘no’ on H.R. 8:

“The Second Amendment is guaranteed by our Constitution to law-abiding citizens, and I voted against this legislation because it goes too far to infringe on that right without doing anything to prevent mass shootings,” said Rep. Newhouse. “Washington state law already requires expanded background checks, and this bill would go beyond state law and criminalize temporary private transfers so broadly that a victim of domestic violence who borrowed a firearm for self-defense could be deemed a criminal. It is unfortunate that this bill was so poorly drafted and rushed to the floor that it fails to define an ‘imminent’ threat, instead creating burdensome requirements for law-abiding citizens. Under this bill, if a farmer or rancher provided an employee with a firearm to deal with livestock predation, then that would be a criminal act. If Democrats want to work across the aisle to improve the enforcement of existing laws instead of creating burdens for law-abiding citizens, then let’s do that instead of targeting constitutional rights.”

Click here for more information on H.R. 8.

Click here for additional information, courtesy of the office of Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC).

The White House has made clear that this legislation would be vetoed