This morning, the House Judiciary Committee voted to refer the “Terrorist Watchlist” bill, House Bill 1770, to the House Rules Committee. Any further consideration of a “discharge resolution” can only occur after 15 legislative days, so it is unlikely that any action will be taken on HB 1770 until after the General Assembly returns from summer recess.
The NRA believes that terrorists should not be allowed to purchase or possess firearms, period. Anyone on a terror watch list who tries to buy a gun should be thoroughly investigated by the FBI and the sale delayed while the investigation is ongoing. If an investigation uncovers evidence of terrorist activity or involvement, the government should be allowed to immediately go to court, block the sale, and arrest the terrorist. At the same time, due process protections should be put in place that allow law-abiding Americans who are wrongly put on a watchlist to be removed.