As reported recently in the New York Daily News, it’s easy for terrorists to buy guns in the U.S. In fact, over 2,000 suspected terrorists used our weak laws to legally buy guns in our country since 2004.
Terrorists have touted our weak gun laws: Adam Gadahn, an Al Qaeda spokesman, claimed, “America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms. You can go down to a gun show at the local convention center and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle without a background check and most likely without having to show an identification card. So what are you waiting for?”
More importantly, what is Congress waiting for? A bipartisan bill that would prevent known terrorists from buying firearms has been stuck in Congress for years because of opposition from the National Rifle Association.
With the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, some members of Congress are wisely reviving discussion of bills that would prohibit individuals on the FBI’s terrorist watch list from buying firearms.
On December 3, the Senate voted to block S.551, the “Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2015,” when 54 Senators voted against it, mostly along party lines. Senator Kirk of Illinois was the only Republican to vote for the measure. Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota was the only Democrat to vote against the measure.
Here is a list of Senators that voted to allow individuals on the FBI’s “no-fly” list to purchase weapons:
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There’s also a companion bill in the House, H.R.1076, the “Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2015,” sponsored by New York Congressman Peter King.
Since New York is a major terrorist target, all our representatives should support this bill–but just seven of our 27 representatives do: Representatives King, Rice, Maloney, Lowey, Tonko, Israel, and Rangel.
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