Policy

Nelson Wants FBI to Know if Terror Suspects Try to Buy Guns

Legislation would include suspects and others questioned in NICS database

Nelson said, "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." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson wants federal law enforcement to log terrorism investigations in a background check database.  

Echoing what he told reporters Monday after returning to the Capitol from the scene of the terrorist attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Nelson has now filed legislation that would include in the NICS database terror suspects and other individuals interviewed by the FBI in such cases.  

That's the database used by federally licensed firearms dealers when they conduct background checks.  

"We're not saying: Don't sell guns to someone just because they were investigated," Nelson said in a statement. "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."  

Nelson hinted at the proposal Monday afternoon while also pushing for Congress to act to block individuals on terrorist watch lists from buying firearms.  

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