FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 8, 2015
Signs House Democrats’ Petition to Force Vote on Bill to Keep Guns Out of the Hands of Suspected Terrorists
WASHINGTON, DC – In the face of House Republican efforts to allow suspected terrorists to continue to have the ability to buy lethal firearms, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) took action to force a vote on legislation to prevent terrorists from obtaining guns. Pallone signed the discharge petition to bring the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act to the House floor for a vote. Last week, House Republicans voted three times to block the legislation from coming up for a vote. Under House rules, if a majority of Members of the House sign a discharge petition a vote on the legislation is forced. Despite overwhelming opposition to this commonsense legislation from House Republicans, it was introduced by Republican Congressman Peter King (NY-02). The bill would close the loophole that allows suspected terrorists on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Terrorist Watchlist to legally buy deadly weapons.
“The fact that Republicans in the House are preventing us from stopping suspected terrorists from buying guns is disgraceful and beyond comprehension,” said Congressman Pallone. “We cannot put the protection of the American people in jeopardy at the cost of blindly supporting gun ownership for all – even suspected terrorists. It is our first and foremost responsibility to protect and defend the American people, and I will continue to demand a vote on this legislation to close the terrorist gun loophole.”
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.