House Republicans reject proposal to ban gun sales to – wait for it – suspected terrorists

House Republicans defeated a proposal by a 19-29 vote, to ban the sale of firearms to individuals on the FBI’s terrorist watch list. Because guns and Murica. Because guns are never used by terrorists except when they are. Because they can always blame President Obama if we’re attacked yet again.









Raw Story reports:

Reps. Nita Lowey (D-NY) and David Price (D-NC) offered an amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill that would have given the U.S. Department of Justice authority to block suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms and explosives.

“Terrorists are knowingly exploiting our laws,” Lowey said, citing American-born al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn.

“Americans expect our government to keep guns out of the hands of felons, domestic abusers, the mentally ill, and terrorists,” Lowey said in a statement. “A suspected terrorist cannot board a plane but can pass a background check to buy a gun. It is absurd that my Republican colleagues opposed our amendment to close this dangerous gap in our gun safety laws.”

Similar legislation has been proposed — and defeated — before. The National Rifle Association claimed in 2011 such proposals were “aimed primarily at law-abiding American gun owners” and “sponsored by gun control extremists.”

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  • alan carter

    Just following their idol Ronnie Raygun. He loved selling guns to unfriendly folk. smh

    • DaddyO_969

      And committed criminal acts in doing so. Him and his tame Marine Colonel.

    • Terry

      really…but it’s okay to sell guns to drug dealers……interesting.

  • Carla Akins

    no matter how far I stretch my political imagination, I cannot wrap my head around this.

    • ActualDeadhead

      Wrap your head around all the stories about obvious non-terrorists who ended up on the list, such as Ted Kennedy and Nelson Mandela.

      • MarcoZandrini

        That’s the no-fly list. Not the same thing.

        • Terry

          sorry but the lists are the same or are they not. Here’s the problem…WE DO NOT KNOW. There are no published requirements. No published rules on how to get added or removed. There is no oversight. Try this. Write the government and ask for a copy…..good luck with that.

          • Brit

            here’s a quick way to find out. (1) pass the law (2) go try to buy a gun

  • bart007

    To you morons who don’t understand the difference of being on a “watch list” and actually being a terrorist let me explain this simply. There are very few people who know how one gets on this list and there have been many people who have been falsely added to this list due to having a similar name or such and there has been no definitive manner in which to be taken off these lists. So while you may not have a clue (which isn’t a stretch of my imagination of why many of you are clueless) there is still a Constitution in this country where a person is guaranteed certain rights and the government cannot deny someone rights without a trial. A watch list is not a legal document and while you may believe that it is infallible it is not and using it to stifle rights is akin to arresting someone because you believe they may commit a crime.

    • mea_mark

      Then let’s fix the watch list so it is usable. We shouldn’t have people on this list that don’t belong anyways. Some kind of simple appeal process could be setup. This really shouldn’t be a complicated or controversial issue.

    • MarcoZandrini

      And you know this because?

      • Terry

        do about 5 seconds of searching and you’ll find a lot of examples of people being denied boarding because they share the same name. The watch list has been proven to be broken and no one wants to fix it.

    • Jay

      Barring someone from flying is pretty good probable cause for a lot of action. Seems like you’re the moron Bart. Bart double 07 educates the morons on terrroism, guns and national security. Too funny. That’s like letting Zimm the Mall Cop carry a gun around your neighborhood for ??? protection?

      • bart007

        So when a 5 year old is barred from flying there is probable cause? Sounds like you trust the Government and their lists a little too much.

  • Joseph Sinkovic

    You telling me these stupid republican pricks in the house don’ t need eliminated.

  • juicyfruityyy

    The problem is that, all of the Re-thugs could be considered a “suspected terrorist”. They don’t want us to stop them from buying guns.

  • ActualDeadhead

    I’m as anti-gun as any liberal BUT that so-called terrorist watch list is well-known to be over-bloated and highly inaccurate. If you are going to use it to deny someone a constitutionally protected right, you would need to implement some standards for who is on the list, something obviously lacking today.

  • Patricia Dryburgh

    I feel safer already. WHEW!!

  • malcolmspeakeasy

    Hmmm, better stock up before they decide to restrict my choice of hardware.

    What? Aren’t you on the watch list?