Dan Walters’ column (Aug. 21) incorrectly stated that legislation I proposed would “violate the constitutional right to peacefully own firearms” and that “anyone on the federal government’s ‘no-fly list’ [would] be denied the right to buy firearms.”
That is flat wrong.
The legislation is not a blanket ban for individuals on the “no-fly list.”
Instead it gives the attorney general the authority to block a gun sale if the person – such as the Orlando shooter – is a “threat to public safety based on a reasonable suspicion” the person is engaged in terrorism.
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The legislation was carefully crafted and supported by the Justice Department to ensure that constitutional rights were protected.
It allows for a gun buyer to appeal the denial to the FBI and then challenge it in court.
This is the same constitutional process available to those denied a gun transfer for being under felony indictment, for being a drug abuser or for anyone falling in one of the 10 categories of persons prohibited from owning a gun.
There’s no single solution to prevent terrorist attacks, but we must stop terrorists from legally purchasing weapons. The legislation would help accomplish that while respecting Second Amendment rights.
Dianne Feinstein, U.S. senator