All four proposals are offered as amendments to a Justice Department spending bill set to hit the Senate floor on Monday.
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) sponsored an amendment that would allow the Department of Justice to deny a gun sale to anyone if the agency has a “reasonable belief” that the buyer is likely to engage in terrorism. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is offering a competing amendment, which would require that law enforcement be alerted when anyone on the terror watch list attempts to buy a gun from a licensed dealer. If anyone who has been investigated for terrorism within the last five years tries to purchase a firearm, the DOJ would be able to block a sale for up to 72 hours while prosecutors go to court to show probable cause to permanently block the transaction. The National Rifle Association has offered its support for this measure. An amendment proposed by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) tackles the issue of mental health and buying guns. His measure would clarify current language regarding mental health and make it more difficult to add mentally ill people to the background check database, which would give those people suspected of having serious mental illness a process to challenge that determination. The amendment would also boost funds for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System and ensure that the correct records are uploaded into the system in a timely manner. Don't you realize America that the gun control measures they're trying to pass already technically exist in our nations gun laws? If these gun measures are put into play, could we possibly see everyone in America wanting to purchase a gun having to present themselves before a courtroom from here on out telling a judge why they want a gun? What we really all need which is already in place, is gun dealers having a database that shows criminal records of people who have committed gun crimes in America or on a terror watch list. What I fear in Washington if all these gun control measures pass today, is that every American in the country will be labeled a terrorist who wants to buy a gun in America. If gun control is presented in a place of politics, it's nothing more then a second amendment kill bill.