Sending Office: Honorable Kathleen M. Rice
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Close the terror gap in firearms purchases

DEADLINE: Monday, March 29th

Cosigners: Cicilline, Demings, Khanna, Meeks, Moulton, Peters, Quigley, Sewell, Speier, Swalwell, Yarmuth

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Dear Colleague,

Please join me in urging the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science and the Subcommittee on Homeland Security to close the gaping loophole that allows suspected terrorists to purchase firearms and explosives.

Right now, federal law designates nine broad categories of people as dangerous enough to bar them from purchasing or owning firearms. Astonishingly, suspected terrorists on the FBI Terrorist Watchlist are not one of these categories. And although firearms
are used in only a fraction of terrorist attacks, a recent study found that guns are four times deadlier than other methods in affluent countries (on a per-attack basis).

From the terror attacks in Paris, San Bernardino and Charleston in 2015 to Orlando in 2016 and Pittsburgh in 2018, terrorists both foreign and domestic are increasingly using firearms to carry out their attacks. A recent Government Accountability Office
investigation found that individuals on the Terrorist Watchlist successfully purchased over 2,000 guns between 2004 and 2014.

It’s time we close this gaping loophole and take this critical opportunity to protect the American people. For more information, please contact Liz Amster at