Payne, Jr. Signs Discharge Petition to Close Terrorist Gun Loophole

Dec 8, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) signed a Democratic discharge petition, introduced by Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA), to force a vote on Republican Congressman Peter King’s Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act. The bill would close the dangerous loophole that allows suspected terrorists on the FBI’s Terrorist Watchlist to legally buy deadly weapons.

“One of the most important steps Congress can take to keep Americans safe is to keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists,” said Congressman Payne, Jr. “Republican leadership should abandon their willingness to allow suspected terrorists to buy weapons and join with us to close this dangerous 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. More than 90 percent of all suspected terrorists who attempted to purchase guns in the last 11 years walked away with the weapon they wanted, with just 190 rejected despite their ominous histories.