Congressman Fattah Statement on Gun Control Task Force Meeting with President Obama

Jan 05, 2016, 11:55 ET from Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02), a co-chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, released a statement supporting the efforts and outcomes from a meeting yesterday between members of the Task Force and President Obama:

"In the wake of recent shootings and incidences of terrorism, Congress must explore every option available to reduce the risk of gun violence and ensure weapons are kept out of the wrong hands. I am encouraged by yesterday's meeting between the President and House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and applaud the productive dialogue as to how Congress can work together with the administration to introduce common sense measures aimed directly at the epidemic of gun violence.

"Further, I support the President's decision to take executive action on this serious issue. Throughout my public service career, I have worked both within Philadelphia and nationally to introduce reforms and innovative programs—including a successful local gun buyback program—to help keep guns off our streets. Now more than ever, I look forward to working with our President, my colleagues on the Task Force, and local law enforcement as we seek to make our country a safer place for all."

Congressman Fattah has helped lead the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force since it was first established in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting.  He has consistently pushed for common sense gun safety measures in Congress, and has routinely met with the Obama Administration on this issue. Additionally, through his leadership on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS), Fattah is deeply involved in issues dealing with firearms, public safety, and law enforcement. In 2014, he led the effort to secure $73 million to assist states improve their background check records maintenance.


SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah