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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 Sheila Jackson Lee

    Posted on 2015-12-09

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    JACKSON LEE of texas in the house of representatives Wednesday, December 9, 2015 Ms. JACKSON LEE. Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to the rule for H.R. 2130, the ``Red River Private Property Protection Act.'' The President has announced that this bill will be vetoed in the event it reaches his desk.

    With just one legislative day before the current continuing resolution expires on December 11, we should be focusing all of our time and attention on matters that address the real problems and major concerns of the American people.

    And right now the American people are very concerned about the harm and threat posed by ``lone wolf'' and ``franchise terrorists'' that we saw in Paris last month and just last week in San Bernardino, California.

    These tragedies follow on the heels of mass shootings in Tucson, Aurora, Sandy Hook, Charleston, Chattanooga, Roseburg, Colorado Springs, and now, most recently, in San Bernardino, California.

    These senseless mass shootings remind us of the imperative of ending gun violence in our country.

    It is past time that we come together united by our common humanity and with this simple message: the violence must stop.

    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.

    Mr. Speaker, if a person is considered by the federal government too dangerous to board an airplane or to enter the United States, he or she surely is too dangerous to be permitted to purchase or obtain a firearm.

    It is unconscionable that we have not acted to close the loophole in federal law that permits a terrorist lawfully to obtain and carry firearms.

    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.

    To close this loophole, I call upon Speaker Ryan to bring H.R. 1076 to the floor immediately.

    H.R. 1076 grants the Attorney General the authority to deny a firearms license to individuals for whom there is a reasonable belief that [[Page E1760]] the individual may use a firearm or explosive in connection with terrorist activity.

    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 a 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.

    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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