On June 15 Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) joined Democrats’ filibuster for gun control and suggested the Orlando terror attack provides an “opportunity” to secure new gun laws.
Toomey was joined by Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE), who also filibustered with the Democrats.
Toomey is being lobbied by Michael Bloomberg-funded Everytown for Gun Safety, which “wants Congress to give the FBI authority to block gun sales to suspected terrorists.” Suspected terrorists are already named in the terror watchlist and they are already denied the ability to pass a background check and acquire a firearm. Suspected Orlando attacker Omar Mateen was not on a watchlist and had no criminal record, so there was nothing to prevent him from passing a background check.
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