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David Jolly wants to give due process to people blocked from buying guns



WASHINGTON - Rep. David Jolly thinks he has a better proposal than Democrats to prevent potential terrorists from getting guns but provide due process to the buyer.

His proposal would prevent anyone on the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database from purchasing a firearm. But it requires the government to inform that person within 10 days and sets up a due process hearing.

Republicans have opposed Democratic attempt to close the so-called terror gap because they say law-abiding people erroneously end up on the government watch list.

“The individual is entitled to see all unclassified evidence against them, and the proceeding remains private to protect the privacy of the individual and the interest of the government,” reads a Jolly news release.

“The fundamental issues are obvious," the Pinellas County lawmaker said. "Law abiding individuals should be protected under the Second Amendment and have the right to purchase firearms. Dangerous individuals should not. And both should be afforded due process under the law.”

Jolly introduces his bill only days after walking out of a House briefing on the Orlando shootings because, he said, talk turned to gun restrictions.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 16, 2016 10:42am]


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