Expressing Support for H.R. 1076 ``Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2015’‘by Representative Sheila Jackson Lee
Posted on 2015-12-10
in the house of representatives
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Ms. JACKSON LEE. Mr. Speaker, the past few months have been marked by
senseless violence across the globe and in our own country from Tuscon,
Aurora, Sandy Hook, Charleston, Chattanooga, Roseburg, and now most
recently in San Bernardino, California.
It is past time that we come together united by our common humanity and with this simple message: the violence must stop! The senseless mass shootings in Paris and San Bernardino remind us of the imperative of ending gun violence in our country. And there are actions that can be taken to reduce gun violence beginning with the enactment of the bipartisan ``Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Public Act of 2015'' (H.R. 1076).
This bipartisan legislation, which I am proud to co-sponsor, would close the dangerous loophole that allows terrorist suspects to legally buy deadly weapons. H.R. 1076 would bar the sale or distribution of firearms to any individual whom the Attorney General has determined to be engaged in terrorist activities. It also would grant the Attorney General the authority to deny a firearms license to individuals for whom there is a reasonable belief that the individual may use a firearm or explosive in connection with terrorist activity.
Mr. Speaker, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office, since 2004 more than 2,000 suspects on the FBI's Terrorist Watchlist have successfully purchased weapons in the United States. It is simply intolerable that more than 90 percent of all suspected terrorists who attempted to purchase guns in the last 11 years walked away with the weapon they wanted, with just 190 rejected despite their ominous histories.
This legislation was originally crafted in 2007 and endorsed by President Bush's Justice Department, has bipartisan support in the House, and is supported by prominent Republicans and counter-terrorism & law enforcement experts.
H.R. 1076 greatly reduces the likelihood that terrorists can obtain some of the most lethal weapons in America. Right now a terrorist can buy a firearm in the parking lot of a gun show, over the internet, or through a newspaper ad without needing a background check.
Mr. Speaker, you cannot be against criminals, terrorists and the dangerously mentally ill getting guns and be against H.R. 1076. I thank Congressmen Peter King (R-NY) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) for introducing this bipartisan legislation (H.R. 1076).
Mr. Speaker, H.R. 1076 will save lives and strengthen the rights of law-abiding gun owners. It deserves a vote in the House.
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