Himes backs extension of Undetectable Firearms Act

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes backed an extension of the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988, which is intended to ban firearms that are undetectable by metal detectors at security checkpoints.

“No one needs to own a gun that could secretly pass through a metal detector, and I am encouraged by the fact that my colleagues were able to put politics aside and address the severe risk of gun violence posed by these undetectable firearms,” said Himes, who described the outcome as “a bipartisan vote.”

Himes, a three-term Democrat, represents most of Shelton.

The U.S. Senate passed a similar extension and the legislation has since been signed into law by President Barack Obama.

‘Our work is far from over’

Some Democrats, including Himes, had been hoping to increase certain restrictions as part of that extension but those efforts failed.

“This is a good first step, but our work is far from over,” Himes said. “We must expand this bill to ensure removable parts — which can be detected by a metal detector but go unidentified as part of a gun — are also banned.

“And,” he continued, “we still need to institute universal background checks for anyone who wishes to purchase a gun, restore funding for programs that improve safety in our schools and communities, and address the serious problems with our nation’s mental health system.”

Supports more universal background checks

Himes has been supportive of the Manchin-Toomey bill in the Senate, which he said would have “closed gaping loopholes in our background check system.” The Senate did not pass the Manchin-Toomey bill earlier in the year.

“I am fully committed to improving our gun laws and stand ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get this done,” Himes said.

Shelton is in two congressional districts

The city of Shelton is divided between two congressional districts.

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes lives in Greenwich and was first elected to Congress in 2008. He represents the Fourth District, which includes most of Fairfield County.

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro lives in New Haven and was first elected to Congress in 1990. Also a Democrat, she represents the Third District, which is centered in New Haven County.