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Valley Congressman offers different solution to gun control

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Rep. Bill Johnson Rep. Bill Johnson
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House Democrats ended their 25 hour sit-in on Thursday, but the fight over gun control is only just beginning. For one Valley Republican, the solution isn't necessarily gun control at all.

"If they were this concerned about gun control, why didn't they pass gun control when the President, and the House and the Senate were all under Democratic control, they couldn't," said Republican Congressman Bill Johnson.

Johnson was lashing out at the sit in by House Democrats, disagreeing with their push to restrict gun purchases to people on the no fly list. 

"Do you know how many people have been placed on the no fly list by accident and then there's no due process to get off the no fly list once you've gotten on it. that's the entire problem," said Johnson.

Republicans didn't budge following the sit in. In fact, the house adjourned early and members are now on a two week break. It's a point of contention for Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown. 

"They ought to be doing their jobs, they ought to have amendments, the Senate should confirm the Supreme Court nominee, we should do this Puerto Rican thing, I mean Congress is simply not doing its job," said Brown.

The Senate did vote Thursday to further consider bipartisan legislation banning gun sales to people on the no fly list. Only 52 senators voted to keep talking about it though and it will need 60 votes to be adopted.

"We just keep trying and keep building pressure. When 80 or 85 percent of the public is on one side of the issue, we ought to be able to get it done," said Brown.

Johnson says if they really want to look at solutions to the problem, they should start by passing a mental health bill that passed out of committee 53-0 last week.

"I would encourage our democrat colleagues to let's get behind that as a first step so that we can identify these people, begin tracking them and stop these incidents from occuring before its too late," said Johnson.

An interesting note, Johnson says the FBI does not support the no fly - no buy measure, because the list is a tool of law enforcement and could hinder their investigations.

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