WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) released the following statement regarding the President’s remarks on gun violence prevention at the University of Hartford. The President called on Congress to pass common-sense legislation to prevent gun violence.

“I stand with the President in urging my colleagues in Congress to come together and pass legislation that will prevent the next Newtown. Over 100 days after 26 innocent lives were cut tragically short, it is long past time for Congress to act. Nobody should be able to purchase a gun without verifying they are not a criminal or mentally ill. No civilian needs a military-style gun with a magazine that holds 30 bullets. No parent should have to fear for their child’s safety while he or she is at school. I remain frustrated that the House Majority has yet to bring up a single gun violence prevention measure for a vote, but hopeful that the calls of the President and the public alike will finally encourage my colleagues to do what we were sent here to do.”