CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement about President Obama’s recently announced executive actions on gun laws:

“Like most Americans, I want to prevent future incidents of violence and keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. Unfortunately, the president has decided to once again circumvent Congress and govern by executive overreach. In doing so, he has furthered an already divisive debate and infringed on the rights of law-abiding citizens. Instead of acting unilaterally, the president should work with Congress to make treatment for mental illness, an unfortunate common denominator in many recent tragedies, more available and accessible, and support better enforcement of current gun laws and standards.”