GOP rep: Background checks offer 'false senses of security'

GOP rep: Background checks offer 'false senses of security'
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Rep. Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieAction on guns and immigration screeches to a halt in Congress Gun debate: Here are the proposals that Congress is considering Trump pleased with coverage of his role in gun debate MORE (R-Ky.) said Sunday that gun reform laws like background checks offer “false senses of security.”

“Those are false senses of security,” Massie told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“And in 10 years we’re still going to have school shootings unless you propose real legislation, like President TrumpDonald John TrumpLieu: There will be 'widespread civil unrest' if Trump fires Mueller Attorneys for Trump, Mueller hold face-to-face meeting to discuss potential interview topics: report Trump tariffs not helpful for nuclear talks, South Korea says MORE has proposed, that would allow teachers to be armed.”

Activists and Democratic lawmakers are pushing for gun restrictions following the school shooting at a South Florida high school that left 17 people dead.

President Trump last week called for increased background checks, in addition to raising the minimum age requirement for purchasing certain weapons like the AR-15.

Massie on Sunday dismissed increasing the age requirement as “ridiculous.”

“The assault weapons ban would do nothing to stop school shootings,” he added.