Senate Dems renew gun control push in wake of Orlando massacre…(MOLAN LABE!!)

Monday, June 13, 2016
By Paul Martin

By Alexander Bolton

Senate Democrats are making a new push for legislation that would bar suspected terrorists from buying guns, a proposal that 53 of 54 Senate Republicans opposed last year.

Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the Democrats’ chief political strategist, and several colleagues on Monday held a conference call with reporters, one day after the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., to revive the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2015.
“In terms of terrorism, this is the most effective piece of legislation we can pass,” Schumer told reporters.

He added it has a greater chance of passing the GOP-controlled Senate than a ban on assault-style, semi-automatic rifles or high-capacity ammunition clips.

“We want to get something done,” he added.

“In the wake of Orlando, we have to think about what kind of country and what kind of Senate we’re going to be,” Schumer told reporters on the call. “Are we going to bow down to the [National Rifle Association] NRA so that suspected terrorists can get their hands on guns? Or are we going to take the painfully obvious, common-sense step and make sure that suspected terrorists can’t get guns?”

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), would prohibit people on the terror watch list from purchasing guns or explosives anywhere in the United States. Such individuals are currently barred from boarding airplanes.

“We believe closing this loophole is just common sense, and it’s the least we could do to reduce the risk of terror attacks on our country,” she said.

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