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Hassan, Shaheen release statements on Obama's plan to reduce gun violence

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After President Obama spoke on the executive actions he is taking to reduce gun violence, Governor Maggie Hassan and Senator Jeanne Shaheen released their statements:

Governor Maggie Hassan released the following statement on the Executive Actions announced by the President

"While these measures are no substitute for meaningful Congressional action, the safety of our families and communities cannot wait any longer as Congress fails to act. With a staggering number of mass shootings over the past year, it is long past time for Washington to take action to address these senseless acts of gun violence."

"It's deeply troubling that Senator Ayotte has repeatedly opposed common-sense steps to protect public safety, including voting against a bipartisan measure to expand background checks and voting against closing the loophole that allows known or suspected terrorists to purchase deadly weapons.

"Granite Staters overwhelmingly support common sense, bipartisan efforts to prevent terrorists, criminals, and the dangerously mentally ill from purchasing guns, and we must act now to prevent mass shootings and daily gun violence from becoming the new normal."

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) made the following statement on the proposals President Obama revealed today to prevent gun violence:

"I've consistently supported common-sense steps to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists, and the mentally ill. Closing the gun show loop-hole, preventing unlicensed internet sales, and strictly enforcing laws already on the books makes sense to an overwhelming majority of Americans. The President’s actions announced today to keep guns out of the wrong hands will not impact responsible gun owners. However, Congressional action is still necessary because the status quo, in which we are losing tens of thousands of innocent people to gun violence every year, is unacceptable.

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