House Republicans Pushing Gun Control Bill

THE HILL — Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) is spearheading gun control legislation that would keep firearms out of the hands of suspected terrorists, but it is unclear whether Republican leadership will give the bill a vote.

The Terrorist Firearms Prevention Act announced Friday will serve as a companion bill to the compromise gun legislation introduced by Susan Collins (R-Maine) in the Senate.

The gun legislation would prevent suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms.

The bipartisan legislation appears to have Democratic support and is backed by a handful of Republicans, including Reps. Bob Dold (Ill.), Scott Rigell (Va.), Peter King (N.Y.) and Curbelo.

“Some of our colleagues say this is all about terrorism,” Curbelo told reporters at a Friday press conference. “Others say this is all about guns. We are coming together to say this is about keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous terrorists.”

The bill comes after House Democrats this week staged a sit-in in an attempt to force a vote on gun control legislation.

Under Curbelo’s bill, the attorney general would be empowered to block roughly 3,000 suspected terrorists who are on the no-fly list or selectee list from purchasing firearms, lawmakers said.

The legislation would also include provisions to swiftly remove people who are wrongly placed on the no-fly list and recoup the legal costs they spent defending their Second Amendment rights.

Curbelo spoke with House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) chief of staff about the legislation earlier in the week, while Rigell, who is also backing the bill, plans to meet with the Speaker’s office today.

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