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  • Terrorist Watch List Loophole

    by Representative John A. Yarmuth

    Posted on 2015-12-10

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    YARMUTH asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. YARMUTH. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to call on my Republican colleagues to approve the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act, which would prevent individuals on the terrorist watch list from buying weapons here in the U.S. This legislation has been blocked from coming to the floor for a vote nearly a dozen times over the past 2 weeks.

    Most Americans find it mind-boggling that we continue to allow individuals deemed too dangerous to fly to buy weapons in the U.S., guns designed to kill as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.

    Mr. Speaker, I urge my Republican colleagues to fix this loophole and protect our citizens, to find some courage and put the safety of the American people before the politics of the gun lobby.

    Mr. Speaker, if Republicans truly have concerns over how the terrorist watch list is constructed, then they should offer an amendment to fix it. But more than 2,000 suspects on the terrorist watch list have already bought guns in our country. We don't need to add to that list. We need to act right now.


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