Stutzman opposed to additional gun control legislation

The 113th Congress is expected to take up the hot-button issue of gun control, in the wake of the December mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Vice President Joe Biden has been meeting with gun advocates and legislators since the tragedy, talking about how gun violence can be addressed.

Biden's expected to recommend a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity clips, as well as more strict background checks.

He plans to hand his proposals over to President Obama by Tuesday.

But, Congressman Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) told NewsCenter16 Thursday he doesn't think new laws are necessary.

"I don't think it's necessary for more gun control," he said. "We really should be making sure the laws on the books are enforced already. And, then I think we should focus on the situation that [Adam Lanza] came out of in his home, his background, the mental illnesses he was dealing with, and how can we help those people with the situations they're dealing with."

Stutzman says he's also opposed to requiring more screening for those who want to purchase guns.

He says doing so makes obtaining firearms more difficult for law-abiding citizens.

"For one bad person, we're forcing everyone to go through more screening," he said. "Instead of forcing all of the law abiding citizens to jump through more hoops to buy a gun, I think we should focus on more mental illness issues and ways that we can encourage and making sure young people aren't falling through the cracks and we never allow for a situation like this to happen again."

Stutzman says the nation does need to have a serious conversation about video games, many of which can be realistically violent.

Stutzman also commented on the fiscal cliff bill passed early in January. He says he’s not thrilled with the bill, especially the manner in which it was written.

“It's really unfortunate the fiscal cliff bill passed the way it did, read at the last minute,” he says, adding that he voted ‘no’ on the measure. “For one, it was a 500-page bill. I like to be able to read them, absorb them.”

He says he also voted ‘no’ because of tax increases which he says will affect small business.


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