“I applaud the president for taking action to reduce gun violence by closing a glaring legal loophole that allows many firearm sales to occur without a background check,” said Booker “Legislation is needed to reinforce these measures, and I will continue to search for ways forward to find bipartisan solutions to the problem of gun violence. Now is not the time for partisan attacks or apathy. Each day Congress delays acting on common sense measures to reduce gun violence, innocent children and communities fall victim to senseless, tragic acts that are often preventable. In the days and years ahead, I hope we can build on the actions taken by President Obama today.”
In November, Booker joined his colleagues in a letter calling on Obama to utilize his executive authority to reduce gun violence. Booker also cosponsored the Background Check Completion Act of 2015, which would preclude a licensed gun dealer from transferring a firearm to a purchaser until a background check is completed.