Chaffetz: Background checks ‘will obviously become an issue’
A former Utah congressman told Fox News background check proposals will get renewed interest in the wake of Sunday’s shooting in Las Vegas.
Jason Chaffetz, once the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee who served Utah’s third congressional district for eight years, said Tuesday during an interview on America’s Newsroom the idea of expanding background checks and other hot-button gun control policies often percolate to the surface of the public debate after such tragedies.
“I do think that background checks will obviously become an issue,” he said. “I do think there is something we could do on the mental health front, but again, I think it’s too early to do that and it wouldn’t necessarily have prevented what tragically happened in Las Vegas.”
Authorities in Las Vegas still don’t know why a lone gunman opened fire into a crowded country music festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Sunday, killing 59 and wounding more than 500 others. The shooter, identified as a 64-year-old retired accountant and prolific gambler named Stephen Paddock, killed himself before the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department entered his two-room suite, where he’d gathered 23 firearms — a dozen of which were equipped with bump stocks — and thousands of rounds of ammunition.