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Rubio Co-Sponsors, Votes In Support Of Denying Guns To Suspected Terrorists

Jun 23, 2016 | Press Releases

Rubio co-sponsored amendment to improve due process on terror-related lists 

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement regarding his vote today in support of an amendment he co-sponsored to keep guns away from suspected terrorists:

“The measure I supported today to keep guns away from suspected terrorists was the product of a serious effort to try to arrive at a bipartisan consensus that achieves two goals that have no reason to be in conflict: denying suspected terrorists guns and protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. I also looked closely at the proposal offered by Senator Susan Collins and concluded I could not support it because it does not afford law-abiding Americans the full due process rights they deserve before a constitutional right is infringed.”

Note: Rubio voted against a procedural motion to table (or strike down) Sen. Ron Johnson’s amendment #4859, which Rubio co-sponsored, and that ensures that prospective gun purchases or transfers that are flagged in the background check process as being on the “No Fly” or “Selectee List” are listed appropriately through court proceedings. The amendment also requires the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to review on an annual basis and report to Congress the appropriateness of individuals’ “No Fly” status. Additionally, once the attorney general works through the court process to confirm a transferee’s connection to terrorism under a probable cause standard, the federal government would have the authority to arrest or detain the suspect.