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Janice S.
Democrat IL 9

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  • Providing for Consideration of H.R. 2130, Red River Private Property Protection Act, and Providing for Consideration of Motions to Suspend the Rules

    by Representative Janice D. Schakowsky

    Posted on 2015-12-09

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    SCHAKOWSKY. I thank the gentleman for yielding.



    Mr. Speaker, I would challenge any one of my colleagues to go out on any street corner in the United States of America and ask people who are walking by: Do you think the people who are on the terrorist watch list who are not allowed to get on an airplane should be able to go into any gun store and buy a weapon of their choice? For example, a weapon that looks like this. This is a Smith & Wesson .223-caliber assault rifle. This is a weapon that is available to people who are on the terrorist watch list. It is also the weapon that was used by the shooters in San Bernardino to fire off 65 to 75 rounds and kill the coworkers of one of those shooters.

    Since 2004, over 2,000 suspects on the FBI's terrorist watch list have successfully purchased weapons in the United States. More than 90 percent of all suspected terrorists who attempted to purchase guns in the last 11 years were able to do that. It may not be the biggest issue, but, clearly, the American people don't think that potential terrorists should be able to buy guns.

    Let's do it.

    H.R. 1076 would ban the sale of weapons to any individual, according to the Attorney General, who is considered to be engaged in terrorist activities. Introduced by a Republican, this is bipartisan. Let's support Peter King's bill, the bill that many of us have gotten together to sponsor, as a beginning in order to say we are serious about protecting our communities.

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