Facing increased pressure to push new gun-control legislation, the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives will be holding a vote next week on whether to prohibit people on the government’s terrorism watch lists from being able to buy firearms.
The legislation, which will be introduced as a part of a terrorism package, would likely be backed by the National Rifle Association and brought on by New York Rep. Lee Zeldin as a companion for Texas Senator John Cornyn’s measure, sources say.
House Democrats criticized the measure, claiming the legislation is the handiwork of the NRA. Last week, Senate Democrats blocked the same measure.
“House Democrats will keep up our efforts to push for the majority to allow a vote on gun violence legislation,” said Drew Hammill, House Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi’s aide. “But bringing up a bill authored by the NRA just isn’t going to cut it,” he added.
The NRA denies writing the measure.
Paul Ryan, House Speaker, revealed the plan in a conference call with legislators. Republican aides have declined to reveal any details, but one stated that the package is still being negotiated.
Under the proposed measure, officials would have three days to determine whether to block a gun sale. Democrats argue the law would require the government to persuade a court that the potential buyer is either planning to or has already committed an act of terror before blocking a gun sale.