“As we continue to learn more about the heinous act of violence inflicted on the LGBT community in Orlando, it is clear that there are concrete steps we can take now to make our nation safer. Our country is weary from violence, tragedy, and grief. After years of continued gun violence and senseless mass shootings the American people deserve meaningful action from Congress,” Heinrich said. “This legislation would prevent a suspected terrorist from purchasing a firearm in the first place. If the FBI believes that someone is too dangerous to board a commercial airliner then they shouldn’t be allowed to buy a gun. We can all agree that there are commonsense ways to prevent violence without violating the rights of law abiding gun owners. Passing this legislation is one of them.”
Specifically, the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act gives the Attorney General the discretion to prevent someone from buying a firearm or explosives (or obtaining a firearms dealer license) if the Attorney General (a) determines that the individual is a known or suspected terrorist; and (b) has a reasonable belief that the individual may use the weapon in connection with terrorism.