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Sen. Bill Nelson introduces bill to ensure FBI alerted if terrorism suspect tries to buy gun



Sen. Bill Nelson filed legislation today that ensures anyone who is – or has been – investigated for possible ties to terrorism gets entered into a database that would alert gun shop owners and the FBI.

The legislation comes as FBI interviewed the Orlando shooter at least three times but he was still able to legally purchase two firearms in Port St. Lucie.

Nelson’s bill would place names in the Criminal Background Check System, which gun shop owners use to run background checks on prospective gun buyers. The FBI would be automatically notified once a background check is started.

“We’re not saying: don’t sell guns to someone just because they were investigated,” Nelson said. “But having a system in place that alerts the FBI if someone they once investigated is suddenly trying to purchase multiple assault weapons is just common sense.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 1:15pm]


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