(The Hill) Mayors Against Illegal Guns is turning up the heat on Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) to gain their support for a bill that would prevent people on terror watch lists from passing gun background checks.
Gun owners and military veterans, organized by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's (I) gun control advocacy group, are planning to present petitions to the senators on Thursday and Friday, asking the lawmakers to back the bill.
Under current law, people on the FBI's terrorist "no fly” list are not included in the bureau's separate National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Gun control advocates say that creates a "terror gap,” making it possible for suspected terrorists to legally purchase a firearm through a federally licensed dealer.
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