Rubio Says He'll Undo Obama's Gun Control Measures On First Day in Office

Jan 8, 2016

Marco Rubio holds a town hall meeting at Nashua Community College.
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Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio is pledging to undo each of President Obama’s executive orders, including his most recent actions aimed at curbing gun violence.

Speaking at a town hall meeting in Nashua Thursday, the Florida Senator said the president’s focus should instead be on enforcing existing gun laws.

"As opposed to try to add new ones that are only going to inconvenience law-abiding people because they're the only ones who are going to follow the law," Rubio said. 

"And the big problem with this executive order is that it now puts individual Americans at risk of going to jail. If you get the background check wrong because you sold a neighbor a gun, you could face jail time."

President Obama this week announced a series of gun control measures, including an expansion of background checks meant to narrow the so-called gun show loophole.

But Rubio says none of the president’s actions would have prevented any of the recent U.S. mass shootings.

Rubio continue his two-day campaign swing through New Hampshire with a town hall meeting in Manchester Friday morning.