WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Carlos A. Gimenez (FL-26) issued the following statement after voting on two pieces of legislation on background checks for firearm transfers:

“As a responsible gun owner, I know firsthand the importance of upholding the 2nd amendment. That is why I support measures that safeguard transfers between close family members and short-term gun loans among hunters and sport shooters.

“Today, I voted for the Bipartisan Background Checks Act to close a loophole exploited by dangerous criminals to side-step the system and illegally obtain firearms. This simple fix helps promote safe, sensible, and responsible gun ownership. I will never support proposals to curb legal ownership of firearms or make it burdensome for ordinary individuals from partaking in their 2nd amendment rights. For that reason, I voted against H.R. 1446. Instead, I will be working with my colleagues on legislation to harmonize background check databases to ensure firearms stay out of the hands of criminals and those legally eligible to own and operate firearms can do so without any undue burden or hassle.”