As the Obama administration continues its push for new gun control measures, Illinois Congressman John Shimkus says his opposition to those measures is based on the 2nd Amendment. The 15th District Republican from Collinsville says the purpose of the 2nd Amendment is to make sure citizens are free to arm themselves against a potentially tyrannical government. Shimkus says proposals like a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines would fail to curb criminal activity, while violating the rights of lawful gun owners:
"When you start adding new laws and restrict law-abiding citizens, you really let the crooks and criminals continue to break the law. There's no emphasis on them. That's why the national database is really important, I think, for the folks who have mental illness issues or those who have broken the law and conducted gun crimes."
Shimkus referred to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, a database which lists people who have been convicted of gun crimes, as well as those with mental health and drug abuse issues. Licensed gun dealers are required to use the Background Check System to check out customers, but that's not a requirement for private sellers. The Obama administration says it wants to require private gun sellers to use the Background Check system as well.
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