Newhouse votes ‘no’ on Gun Control Bill, applauds House passage of legislation protecting Methow headwaters

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after voting ‘no’ on H.R. 8:
 “The Second Amendment is guaranteed by our Constitution to law-abiding citizens, and I voted against this legislation because it goes too far to infringe on that right without doing anything to prevent mass shootings,” said Rep. Newhouse. “Washington state law already requires expanded background checks, and this bill would go beyond state law and criminalize temporary private transfers so broadly that a victim of domestic violence who borrowed a firearm for self-defense could be deemed a criminal. It is unfortunate that this bill was so poorly drafted and rushed to the floor that it fails to define an ‘imminent’ threat, instead creating burdensome requirements for law-abiding citizens. Under this bill, if a farmer or rancher provided an employee with a firearm to deal with livestock predation, then that would be a criminal act. If Democrats want to work across the aisle to improve the enforcement of existing laws instead of creating burdens for law-abiding citizens, then let’s do that instead of targeting constitutional rights.”

Methow Valley headwaters
 Rep. Newhouse  released the following statement after voting in favor of a bipartisan legislative package, S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act, which included a provision to withdraw 340,000 acres in the Methow Valley from consideration for mining. The legislation passed the House last night in a vote of 363 to 62, and the Senate approved it on Feb. 12, so it will now head to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law.

“Passage of the bipartisan lands package with the Methow Valley provision, which I voted to support, represents a victory for the local community in North Central Washington,” said Rep. Newhouse. “While the community embraces resource development and has a long history of mining, it is also widely recognized that the Methow Headwaters is a natural wonder and is central to the region’s thriving recreational economy. I could not be more pleased that the legislation is headed to President Trump for his signature into law.”

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