|Mumbai residents remembering victims|
Provide the Attorney General (AG) with discretionary authority to deny the transfer of a firearm or an explosives license or permit when a background check reveals that the purchaser is a known or suspected terrorist and the AG reasonably believes that the person may use a firearm or explosives in connection with terrorism;
· Implement due process safeguards so an affected person would have an opportunity to challenge a denial by the AG; and
· Protect the sensitive information providing the basis for terrorist watch lists."
The bill was first proposed in 2007 with the support of Republican President George W. Bush. It should have the support of both parties if they care about keeping terrorists from making another attack on our own soil. The gun lobby should support this bill but doesn't. There are safeguards built into the bill to keep people who are wrongly denied a gun purchase to challenge. In this case, the negative rhetoric obscures the benefits of the legislation. Even most gun owners favor passing the bill. It would be wise for us to remember the terrorists with guns who paralyzed the city of Mumbai, India for 3 days in 2008, killing 164 people. Passing a law to stop known terrorists from legally buying guns just makes common sense, as does the Fix Gun Checks bill. Let's get to it.If we believe what this article says about the potential for a terrorist attack with the use of guns, then we should pass this bill.