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Gun control debate heats up following Orlando massacre

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 01:08

House Democrats blast Congress on inaction on gun safety and demand Republicans pass legislation following the Orlando massacre. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: House Democrats, led by Democratic Caucus chairman Rep. Xavier Becerra, demanded that their Republican colleagues in the House pass legislation that would bar people on the U.S. no-fly list from purchasing guns. "I think we have a pretty simple message coming out of our Democratic caucus - this Congress should not leave this week without giving us a vote on something very simple - no fly, no buy," Becerra said on Wednesday (June 15). Becerra and other Democrats present at the morning's news conference blasted Congress for being "asleep at the wheel" and not taking enough action to enact gun safety laws. "It's been a do-nothing Congress especially when it comes to the issue of gun safety and there's no guarantee that anyone in Congress would have an opportunity to vote to prohibit someone who's on a no-fly list from being able to purchase a weapon," Becerra said. The debate over gun laws has re-emerged in the wake of the mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando, Florida. Presidential hopeful Donald Trump on Wednesday tweeted he will meet with the leading U.S. gun rights group about preventing people on a government terrorism "watch list" from buying guns, a move that may put pressure on fellow Republicans to enact new gun restrictions following the Orlando massacre. The FBI maintains two terrorism "watch lists," a smaller "no fly," list barring people from flying to and from the United States, and a larger one of more than a million people that subjects travelers to greater scrutiny. The Orlando gunman, Omar Mateen, the U.S.-born son of Afghan immigrants, was on the broader list at one time.

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Gun control debate heats up following Orlando massacre

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 01:08