The following is an excerpt from Gary Fields | June 19, 2016 | marketwatch.com |
The National Rifle Association said Sunday it backs a proposal to delay a gun sale to anyone on a terrorist watch list to give the government a chance to prove its case.
The proposal, introduced by Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas), would give federal officials three days to show a judge it has probable cause to block someone on the lists from purchasing a firearm.
NRA Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre said Sunday the answer to dealing with people on the terrorist watch list is Cornyn’s measure. The three-day delay “gives law enforcement the opportunity to go before a judge and prove their case,” he said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
“It provides due process for the good people and it gives law enforcement the ability where they can conduct these investigations and it won’t blow what they are doing,” LaPierre said.
After the June 12 Orlando mass shooting, which left 49 victims and the shooter dead, Democrats have pushed for a number of gun restrictions that have previously failed to garner enough support in the Senate.
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