While the country rages about the image of terror suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev being featured on the cover of Rolling Stone, House Republicans might have made terrorists' jobs a little easier by shooting down a proposal that would have amended the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill.
Rep. Nita Lowey and Rep. David Price offered an amendment to the bill that would have banned the sale of firearms to individuals on the FBI’s terrorist watch list. The amendment was defeated in the House Appropriations Committee by a 29-19 vote, The Raw Story reported.
“Terrorists are knowingly exploiting our laws,” Lowey said. “Americans expect our government to keep guns out of the hands of felons, domestic abusers, the mentally ill, and terrorists. A suspected terrorist cannot board a plane but can pass a background check to buy a gun. It is absurd that my Republican colleagues opposed our amendment to close this dangerous gap in our gun safety laws.”
This is not the first time that this sort of legislation has been defeated. The National Rifle Association claimed in 2011 such proposals were “aimed primarily at law-abiding American gun owners” and “sponsored by gun-control extremists.”
Congresswoman Lowey introduces the proposal below: