Support for Legislation to Close the Terror Gap & to Fully Fund ATF
June 17, 2016
The Police Foundation fully supports Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Senate Amendment 4720 to the Commerce, Justice Science Appropriations Bill (S.2837), which addresses the loophole that currently allows individuals listed in the Terrorist Screening Database (terror watch list) to purchase firearms. S.Amdt.4720 would address this loophole by allowing the Department of Justice to stop gun sales if the purchaser is a terror suspect. Additionally, the Police Foundation reiterates its strong support for the provision in Senator Feinstein’s bill that would fully fund the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), adding 200 ATF agents to enforce the laws already on the books.
Lastly, the Police Foundation voices its opposition to a counter-proposal by Senator Cornyn (S.Amdt.4729 to S.2837), as it creates an impractical and time-consuming process for the government to implement in order to stop these gun sales. Specifically, the Cornyn amendment would require law enforcement seeking to stop a gun sale to first prove that the terror suspect will commit an act of terror or has conspired to do so; not that the person is suspected of terror ties and is likely to use the firearm in connection with terror, but that he or she will actually commit terrorism or has conspired to do so. The legislation would give the government only 3 business days to bring the suspected terrorist to court and meet this incredible standard, or else the DOJ would be rendered unable to block the sale. In light of this, the Cornyn amendment would continue to leave the terror gap open.
The Police Foundation urges the Senate to address the terror gap in our gun laws by voting in favor of Senate Amendment 4720.