Chairman Burton released the following statement in response to President Obama's proposed executive action to expand background checks and take other steps to prevent gun deaths:
California Democrats and Republicans used to work together for gun safety when somebody shot up a school or a place of business. Twenty years ago we had one of the nation’s highest rates of gun deaths, and now we have one of the lowest.* If a background check can stop even one murder or suicide it’s worth it. While Congress fails to act, California and the Democratic Party will continue to pave the way to fewer gun tragedies.