Democratic Leader Proposes Gun Ownership Restrictions For Abortion Clinic Protesters

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
Sen. Harry Reid.Sen. Harry Reid.

Following the shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Nov. 27 that left three dead, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada is taking action.

Reid reportedly plans to force a vote on an amendment to the 1994 Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, which is meant to prevent harassment and violence at abortion clinics. The new amendment, which Reid introduced, would ban gun ownership for those who have been convicted under that law.

The Nevada senator said that on Dec. 3 he would attach the gun control amendment to the GOP's bill to repeal Obamacare, forcing it to be considered along with the bill.

Although the world’s eyes were focused on the massacre that left 14 people dead in San Bernardino, California, on Dec. 2, it wasn’t the only shooting. In Houston, Texas, that same day there was a shooting outside of Clinica Hispana, a family clinic and women's health center, Mashable reported. One person was killed, but it’s still unknown if the shooting was politically motivated. Clinica Hispana does not provide abortion services.

Despite Reid’s push for reform, the alleged Colorado Planned Parenthood shooter, Robert Dear, wouldn’t have been prevented from buying a firearm under the proposed amendment. Dear had never been prosecuted under that law, reports Newsweek.

Sources: Politico, Mashable, Newsweek / Photo credit: Senate Democrats/Flickr