House of Representatives to Vote on Gun measure
By: Annie Yager, Xiro Xone News July 01, 2016 Updated: 2:42 PM
The House of representatives will vote on legislation next week that contains a provision that would prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns.
Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, made the surprise announcement to House Republicans during a conference call on Thursday, according to a source on the call.
Ryan announced that the provision will be part of a broader legislative package on combatting terrorism that will also include measures intended to disrupt radicalization and recruitment efforts.
The House will also vote on Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA)'s mental health reform bill next week because Ryan said the two common denominators in past shootings is terrorism and mental illness, the source added.
Last week, Democrats staged a nearly 26-hour sit-in on the House floor demanding votes on firearms curbs. With the House in recess this week, many held home-district events around the country Wednesday to publicize their effort.
“House Democrats will keep up our efforts to push for the majority to allow a vote on gun violence legislation, but bringing up a bill authored by the NRA just isn’t going to cut it,” said Drew Hammill, spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. wdc
Ryan’s office provided no details about the bills the House will consider.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., said he understands the House measure will be similar to one by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, that the Senate defeated. It would let authorities block gun sales to suspected extremists, but only if prosecutors could prove in court within three days that the would-be purchaser was likely involved in terrorism.
Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., facing a tough re-election race this fall, has introduced legislation similar to Cornyn’s.
The Orlando massacre, in which 49 victims died at a nightclub, was conducted by Omar Mateen. Killed by authorities during his siege, Mateen was an American who pledged allegiance to a leader of the Islamic State extremist group, according to a transcript of his phone calls with officials during the shootings.