An AR-15 semi-automatic rifle is seen next to a target in the indoor gun range at the National Armory gun store on April 11, 2013, in Pompano Beach, Florida.
The Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, 29, was not on any list when he purchased the weapons for the deadliest mass shooting in USA history, which left 49 people dead and 53 injured at a gay nightclub.
North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp, also a Democrat, said in a statement “Terrorists shouldn’t be able to access guns in the USA, but there are many cases of Americans appearing on the terror watch list incorrectly”.
A new CBS News survey of public opinion conducted in the days since the shootings at Pulse nightclub found that a majority of Americans say they support a nationwide ban on assault weapons.
“We will find a way to bring this to a vote, we had a party line vote last time – one Dem voted against it, one Republican for it”, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said in a conference call with reporters today.
Democrats in the House of Representatives have several tactical options, including repeating a move tried a year ago to force a vote on gun-control legislation through a rarely used parliamentary procedure.
If gun safety advocates want to ban the sale of military weapons to civilians, the terrorist watch list may be a tempting place to start, but its foundation is not just ugly; it’s also unstable.
Yoder said in a statement that “known terrorists shouldn’t be allowed to buy weapons of any kind in the United States”. And on Wednesday they touted their own legislation that they say would add extra protections for due process.
McConnell said the USA must “fight back” to prevent additional attacks and called on the Obama administration to brief lawmakers on its plan for doing that.
“Republicans” decision to block the bipartisan “No Fly, No Buy’ bill is unsafe and indefensible”, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Tuesday in a statement.
“How can these Republicans campaign for re-election in good conscience knowing that they voted to block every sensible bill to address gun violence?”
Forty-nine victims died in the Orlando attack and more than 50 were injured, making it the worst mass shooting in USA history.
The scourge of gun violence from the daily shootings in our inner cities to the most widely reported instances, like Orlando, has taken a significant toll on our nation.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California is touting support by the White House and Justice Department for her proposal to forbid people on a federal terror watch list from buying guns, but her measure still appears doomed in the Senate unless a compromise is reached by next week.
Despite the comprehensive information, there is no current legal prohibition against someone on a watch list purchasing a firearm. The seller would then have to inform federal authorities.
Texas Sen. John Cornyn has proposed legislation that would notify the Justice Department if someone on the watch list tries to purchase a gun.
The individuals did undergo background checks before the purchases, and were still able to buy the guns 9 out of 10 times, according to the report.
That rate was more than 95 percent past year, according to the data, which showed that between January 2015 and December “individuals on the terrorist watch list were involved in firearm-related background checks 244 times”. The office is a nonpartisan investigative agency of Congress. He said it does not provide enough due process for those included because they are on terror watch lists, and that the Orlando shooter wasn’t now listed and so it wouldn’t have prevented Sunday’s massacre. Almost all Republicans opposed Feinstein’s proposal, saying owning guns is a constitutional right and noting that some people have been erroneously suspected as terrorists.
Democrats are now looking not only to act on Feinstein’s bill, but also pass other common sense gun control measures in the wake of the Orlando shooting.
Feinstein’s proposal was introduced as separate legislation in February 2015, and in the House by Republican Rep. Peter King.
Meanwhile, Senate GOP leaders maintain they are “open” to talking about responses to the Orlando attack, but want to hear from Comey and Johnson in a Wednesday briefing.