By Jim Hilgen 7:00pm, January 17, 2013 - Updated 3:18pm, January 18, 2013
Congressman John CarneyLawmakers in Washington are gearing up for a discussion of far-reaching changes to the nation's gun laws.
Congressman John Carney Tells WDEL's Allan Loudell that progress may be slow in the Republican controlled House.
The Delaware Democrat says he'll seek common ground with his colleagues across the aisle.
"...Try to keep the guns out of the hands of criminals is something that we all agree on; and those that have mental health problems, the improvements I think to the mental health system are things that I think people can agree on, and of course, improvements in school safety programs by making more school resource officers available," says Carney.
Carney says tougher enforcement of existing gun laws could go a long way toward stemming gun related violence.
"I'd like to see, frankly, more enforcement of straw purchases, and handguns, that are what we find here in the City of Wilmington in the gun violence that plagues our city and our state, and we need to do more of that. I know a lot of my colleagues have similar problems in their districts," Carney says.
Carney adds that the leftover "fiscal cliff" business will drain a lot of energy from those laboring on Capitol Hill.
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