John Plumb responds to Rep. Tom Reed’s attempt to cover up his disastrous record of failing to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists
Under current law, “ being a known or suspected terrorist [is] not a disqualifying factor for firearms transfer and eligibility.” According to the GAO, the FBI, when it conducts background checks on a gun purchaser, does not automatically prohibit the sale of the gun even if the person is on a terrorist watch list. Instead, the person would have to have some other “disqualifying factor” to be prohibited from getting the gun, such as a felony conviction.
As reported in multiplemediaoutlets, after the San Bernardino shooting that left fourteen people deadin a community center, Democrats in the House tried to get a vote on legislation to prevent people on U.S. terrorist watch lists from being able to purchase guns. Tom Reed and his fellow Republicans repeatedly blocked efforts before and after the shootings. These were votes that were taken in the days leading up to and after the shootings.
And this week, after the horrific tragedy in Orlando, Tom Reed is once again blocking efforts to vote on legislation that would keep us safer—legislation that would prevent suspected terrorists from being able to legally acquire guns. According to The Hill :
House Democrats used a procedural vote for unrelated legislation on Tuesday [June 14, 2016] that, had it gone their way, would have forced a vote on a bill banning people on the FBI's terror watch list from buying guns.
Democrats had previously tried the maneuver 11 other times for what they have deemed the "no fly, no buy" bill in the aftermath of last year's terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif.
Previous times Tom Reed has voted to continue to allow suspected terrorists to purchase assault rifles and other firearms include: