Who can sell guns to known and suspected terrorists? Well, any federally licensed gun dealer in the U.S. can legally sell terrorists guns right now through a huge loophole in the current gun laws. Given the recent attacks in Europe and Africa, how could anyone disagree with a proposed bill putting a plug in that hole?
So far, detractors include Republicans, some Democrats in red districts, and the NRA, of course. If Democrat senators couldn’t gather 60 votes after the 2012 massacre of 20 first-graders in Newtown, Conn., can they pull off a bill now? Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has written a bill that requires the attorney general to stop known and suspected terrorists from buying guns. The list could be compiled from the government’s extensive lists.
“By leaving this terrorist loophole open, Republicans are leaving every community in America vulnerable to attacks by terrorists armed with assault rifles and explosives purchased legally, in broad daylight.”
So far, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has not been willing to touch this hot issue. How can Republicans vote against Feinstein’s bill without getting burned? Right now there are 10 categories of individuals, such as those with severe mental illness and convicted criminals who cannot legally purchase guns. Will Republicans bite the bullet and do what is right?
Well played, Feinstein. Well played.