LATEST SENATOR KING
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) led a bipartisan group of 9 Senators—3 Republicans, 5 Democrats, and 1 Independent—in introducing the Terrorist Firearms Prevention Act, a proposal to prevent individuals who are on the No Fly List from purchasing firearms. The legislation was cosponsored by Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Angus King (I-ME), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Joe Manchin (D-WV).
“Our bipartisan bill is based on one simple principle: if you are considered to be too dangerous to fly on an airplane, you should not be able to buy a firearm,” said Senator Collins. “This bill is a sensible step we can take right now to reform our nation’s gun laws while protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to advance this legislation and close the loophole that allows known and suspected terrorists to legally purchase firearms.”
“At a time when our country is working to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, it is straightforward and sensible that suspected terrorists should not be able to purchase firearms,” said Senator King. “This bipartisan proposal addresses a real national security need without infringing upon any Second Amendment rights. Put simply: this is a common sense solution, and it should be considered as part of a holistic effort to combat gun violence.”
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