Posted: 10:00 am Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
Pushing for a legislative response on guns to the terrorist attack in Orlando, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) unveiled a plan today that would raise a red flag when someone tries to buy a firearm – if that person is either currently being investigated for terrorism ties, or has been the subject of such a probe in the past.
In a written statement issued on Wednesday morning, Nelson said, “having a system in place that alerts the FBI if someone they once investigated is suddenly trying to purchase multiple assault weapons is just common sense.”
I just filed legislation to ensure the FBI is alerted if a terrorism suspect buys a gun; here are the details: https://t.co/edK4A4AWNI
— Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) June 15, 2016
Nelson’s bill would require any federal agency to send information on terrorism investigations to the national instant background check system, which is used by the FBI to review potential gun buyers.
It’s not clear if this or any other plan will be able to advance in the Congress, as many Republicans maintain the answer to the attack in Orlando is not stricter gun laws.
Democrats are also seeking votes on other plans, like a ban on assault weapons, as they try to put more political pressure on the GOP in the wake of the Orlando mass shooting.
Senator Reid on the floor: "Republicans are in denial about the connection between guns and terrorism."
— Adam Jentleson (@AJentleson) June 15, 2016
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that the GOP might look at some type of response on guns, saying “nobody wants terrorists to have firearms.”
Democrats also want to vote on a plan that would ban anyone on the terrorism ‘no fly’ list from buying a gun; Republicans have stiff-armed that plan in the past as well.
Ironically, Democrats may have a big ally on this no-fly list issue – Donald Trump.
The presumptive GOP nominee for President tweeted out this morning that he is going to meet with officials at the National Rifle Association on this issue that’s been pushed by Democrats:
I will be meeting with the NRA, who has endorsed me, about not allowing people on the terrorist watch list, or the no fly list, to buy guns.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2016
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.