A top National Rifle Association official will tell a Senate committee Wednesday — in the first Capitol Hill hearing on gun control since President Obama announced his proposals â€“ that more gun laws without enforcing existing ones â€œis not a serious solutionâ€ to reducing crime.
â€œProsecuting criminals who misuse firearms works,â€ NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre is expected to say, according to prepared testimony for the Senate Judiciary Committee. â€œUnfortunately, weâ€™ve seen a dramatic collapse in federal gun prosecutions in recent years.â€
LaPierre argues that prosecution for federal weapons violations in 2011 was essentially down 35 percent, compared to previous administrations, which he says means violent felons, gang members and the mentally ill who possess firearms are not being prosecuted.
â€œThatâ€™s unacceptable,â€ says LaPierre, who suggested fixing the countryâ€™s â€œbrokenâ€ mental-health system become part of the solution to gun violence â€“ including making patient records part of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
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