House plans gun vote next week

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) shows supporting documents about the House Democrats’ sit-in over gun-control laws, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 23, 2016. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/REUTERS)

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan shows supporting documents about the House Democrats’ sit-in over gun-control laws, during a news conference on Capitol Hill on June 23. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

The House will vote after the Fourth of July recess on a measure to keep guns out of the hands of people on government terrorist watchlists, according to reports.

The vote comes after Democrats staged a 25-hour sit-in on the House floor to push for legislative action in the wake of the country’s deadliest mass shooting.

Investigators are still looking to see if the suspect who attacked a gay nightclub in Orlando may had ties to terror groups overseas. However, it’s unclear if previous behavior, which merited an FBI investigation, would have put him on any watchlist.

The GOP-backed legislation will be introduced as part of a terrorism package that will include a provision to prevent gun sales to anyone on the government’s “No Fly List” for terrorism suspects or the “Selectee List” for extra airport screening.

The package will also include a measure that would give law enforcement three days to decide whether a gun sale should be blocked. Similar ideas have been advocated by the National Rifle Association.

Democrats and gun control advocates argue the three-day measure is not enough time for law enforcement to persuade a court that the would-be buyer has committed or plans to commit an act of terrorism before it could block a gun sale.

The U.S. Senate voted on four similar measures — two by Democrats and two by Republicans — in June, but they failed to gain enough votes to advance.

Latest Reviews

  • Four Years Later: IWI Tavor SAR Revisited

    Though IWI's X95, released in 2016, usurps the SAR, my Tavor SAR is still part of the family. For those just now coming across this model, how has it stood up over the years? Let's find out.

    Read More
  • Scope Review: Leupold VX-Freedom FireDot Twilight Hunter

    The budget-friendly line of American-made Leupold VX-Freedom riflescopes found a welcome audience last year, but 2020 sees even more interesting additions to the family, with our hands-down favorite being the illuminated-reticle FireDot line.

    Read More
  • Ruger AR-556: An Outstanding Gateway AR

    It should come as no surprise the Ruger name is synonymous with value, and its’ AR-556 looks to fit this mold as an entry-level AR-15 with a reasonable MSRP. So how does the no-frills Ruger AR-556 perform when put to the test? Read on to find out.

    Read More
  • A Look at the Sig P238, A Year Later

    The Sig Sauer P238 was the first .380 ACP BUG to grace my gun safe, a welcomed addition to the 9mm polymers, .38 SPL revolvers, and .45 ACP 1911s. After more than a year's worth of use, where do I stand on the P238? Let's find out.

    Read More

Loading