In the wake of the tragic massacre in Orlando and the ongoing epidemic of gun violence plaguing our nation, some members of Congress are again advocating for common-sense steps to help make our communities safer. In the House, Democrats held a 25-hour sit-in urging an up-or-down vote on gun violence prevention measures. In the Senate, more than 30 senators urged action during a 15-hour filibuster led by Senator Murphy (D-CT).
In June, the Senate voted down the NEA-supported effort, led by Senator Feinstein (D-CA), to close the “terror gap” that allows people on the federal “no fly” list to purchase firearms, even those suspected of terrorist ties. The Senate also defeated the NEA-supported measure led by Senators Murphy (D-CT), Booker (D-NJ), Schumer (D-NY), and Cardin (D-MD) that would require background checks for all gun purchases, including those at gun shows.
During the brief July session, House Democrats are expected to continue their push for votes on gun violence prevention measures. In addition, a group of bipartisan senators and representatives have been working to advance a compromise on the “no fly, no buy” measure.
U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) data underscore how easy it is for potential terrorists and other dangerous people to buy weapons of war, no questions asked. Individuals on the consolidated terrorist watch list cleared a background check in 94 percent of attempted transactions in 2013 and 2014 (455 out of 486 times), and in 91 percent of attempted transactions between February 2004 and December 2014 (2,043 of 2,233 times).