WASHINGTON, DC – Wednesday, August 3, 2016 – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS), today released a statement following President Obama’s announcement that he granted sentence commutations to 214 individuals:
“President Obama granted sentence commutations to the highest number of individuals in more than 100 years today, 48 of whom were convicted of firearm-related convictions. This decision is completely contrary to the Administration’s claim that it is committed to making our communities safer and reducing violent gun crime.
“On one hand, the Obama Administration is attempting to limit law-abiding Americans from exercising their Second Amendment right and protecting themselves from harm. On the other hand, the President will let criminals with firearm-related offenses off easy. I am deeply concerned by today’s announcement, and I will continue to press the Administration and Attorney General Lynch on the misguided decision to put criminals, particularly those convicted of a crime involving a gun, back on the streets.”