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Dem Sen Murphy: There’s ‘A Question’ Whether The Gun Control Measures I Support Would Have Prevented Orlando, ‘It Might Have’


On Thursday’s “CBS This Morning,” Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) said that there is “certainly a question” whether gun control legislation he supports “may have been impactful in Orlando” and that “It might have been.”

Murphy was asked by co-host Norah O’Donnell, “Would any of the legislation that you’re supporting have prevented the shooter in Orlando, the shooter in San Bernardino, or the shooter in Newtown from purchasing a gun?”

He answered, “So it’s certainly a question as to whether this may have been impactful in Orlando. What this legislation Senator [Dianne] Feinstein (D-CA) has offered would allow is for the FBI to put individuals on the list of those who can’t buy weapons if they suspect that they are linked to terrorist organizations.”

After O’Donnell responded, “But as you know, if someone is currently on a terror watch list and goes to buy a gun, the FBI director said they are notified. There is an alert sent.” Murphy stated, “So, there’s an alert sent, but, there’s no prohibition on that individual walking out of the store with a weapon. And the fact is, that, in this case, the time between the purchase of the weapon and the attack was fairly short. And so, if we have made a decision that the people on these lists can’t get on a plane, and we’ve all made that decision, Republicans and Democrats, why don’t we also make a decision that they can’t get a weapon. I think that there’s a question as if this law was in place, would it have been impactful in Orlando? It might have been.”

(h/t Washington Free Beacon)

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