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  • Closing the Terrorist Watch List Loophole

    by Representative Doris O. Matsui

    Posted on 2015-12-09

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    MATSUI asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.) Ms. MATSUI. Mr. Speaker, from California to Colorado, the devastating realities of gun violence are hitting home. In the face of more senseless attacks on innocent victims, it is past time that we treat gun violence in America as a national crisis.

    Preventable gun violence is inexcusable. We need to enact commonsense gun law reforms, like ensuring that no terrorist suspect is able to walk into a gun shop and buy a deadly weapon.

    According to a report by the GAO, since 2004, more than 2,000 suspects on the FBI's terror watch list have successfully purchased weapons in the United States. In fact, more than 90 percent of all the suspected terrorists who attempted to purchase guns in the last 11 years walked away with the deadly weapon they wanted.

    These statistics are indefensible. Let's put our political excuses aside and close the terrorist gun loophole because lives are on the line.


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