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Rep. Scalise Calls for Closing Loopholes in Nation's Gun Laws

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By    |   Thursday, 01 March 2018 01:50 PM

It's time to close the loopholes in the nation's laws that allow people who should not have access to guns to get them, Rep. Steve Scalise, who was severely injured in a shooting last summer while attending a baseball practice, said Thursday.

"Here you have a legislative process where these are complicated issues, and some of the gun control measures have been tried before and failed with majorities of Democrats in office," the Louisiana Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."

"There's reasons for that. It's not just groups like the National Rifle Association, but millions of law-abiding citizens who want to defend themselves."

However, there are loopholes in the bills that have already been passed, Scalise said.

The lawmaker was one of several meeting with President Donald Trump on Wednesday, and he said he believes it's good that the president wants to take action that solves the gun issue without taking infringing on the rights of law-abiding citizens, who are looking at the government's failure to protect children from being shot in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14.

Meanwhile, the Senate has yet to pass a bill on guns, said Scalise, as they have not been able the necessary votes, said Scalise, who thinks part of the discussion should include increasing safety and fixing problems in a system that was already broken at the federal and local levels.

"Then let's work to make our schools safer," said Scalise. "There were some good ideas throw out that I think we can agree on at the federal and local level. Then let's work to make our schools safer. There were some good ideas thrown out I think we can agree on, [including] he Safe School Act, again, fixing problems in our mental health system and fixing problems with the background check system while focusing on other things that increase safety."

Scalise said he would like to see conceal-carry reciprocity as an item on the table, which would allow the licenses to be valid in states other than where they were issued.

"Those with conceal permits in the country are some of the safest gun users and in many cases help prevent crime," said Scalise. "The president was right in pointing out so many of the mass shootings occur in gun-free zones because the shooter knows they're the only one with a gun and knows there's no one to confront them."

Scalise was in his case, the U.S. Capitol Police and Alexandria police officers confronted the man shooting at the baseball practice and saved everyone there, and he wishes that had happened in Parkland, rather than the security guard on duty remaining outside.

"That needs to be addressed and at the state level they're addressing it," he said, noting that accused killer Nikolas Cruz had already said he wanted to be a professional school shooter.

"I think we need to know who made the decisions not pursue that case, and hold people accountable," Scalise concluded.

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