A contingent of Democrats in the state Senate are calling on Senate leadership to put forth a bill banning those on the secret “Terror Watchlist” from buying guns in the state.
The letter, penned by Sen. Jay Chaudhuri (D-Wake) and signed by seven other Democratic senators, calls on Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) to “introduce and support legislation that prevents individuals on the Terror Watchlist from purchasing firearms in our State.”
The push for more gun control being felt on a national level has now zeroed in on the state following the Orlando terrorist attack in which 49 people were killed and more than 50 more injured by an Islamic terrorist at a gay nightclub.
Chaudhuri said that, in light of the failure by House and Senate Democrats in Congress to get further gun control passed, he and the other senators “ask you to swiftly pursue such gun reform measures before the conclusion of the General Assembly’s short session.”
With the budget likely wrapping up over the next week or so, the time to put forward new laws is coming to a close for this session.
The letter calls for closing the “terrorist loopholes” in the law and calls it a “common sense, bipartisan solution,” citing both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s support for denying people on the Terror Watchlist from purchasing guns.
Berger said that he does not have enough detail about what the actual proposal would be, as well as having information about the federal Terrorist Watchlist.
“First of all, who is on that list?” the Senate leader said. “Do we know how folks get on that list? Is there some way to get off the list, and what’s the ? I mean, we’re talking about folks’ constitutional rights. While, again, the situation in Orlando is something nobody is wanting to see replicated, the solution needs to be one that actually impacts those sorts of things and does it in a way that does not infringe on people’s rights.”
Gubernational candidate and Attorney General Roy Cooper said in his first debate with Gov. Pat McCrory in Friday that he supports preventing those on the Terror Watchlist from purchasing guns.
The Terror Watchlist is a list maintained by the Terrorist Screening Center, and is is different from the “No Fly List” used by the Transportation Security Administration to keep certain people from boarding flights inside of the U.S. or coming to the U.S.
However, it is not public knowledge who is or is not on either list and how a person gets on the list, much less how then get off of it again.