Dem  GOP    Vote: 106  S.Amdt. 4720  June 20, 2016
Yes 47 45
No 53 1
No Vote 0  
Present 0  

Denying Guns to Terrorism Suspects
A yes vote was backed the Feinstein amendment.

By a vote of 47 for and 53 against, the Senate on June 20, 2016, defeated a Democratic-sponsored measure that would allow the Justice Department to block the sale of firearms or explosives to individuals known or suspected of having engaged in, prepared for or aided terrorist activities even indirectly. A prospective gun owner’s presence on a terrorist watch list is not now by itself sufficient grounds for blocking a firearms purchase. This amendment to HR 2578 placed the burden of proof on subjects to demonstrate they should be removed from any terrorism list. The FBI could deny sales based on “reasonable suspicion” of nefarious links. Federal law-enforcement and intelligence agencies maintain several lists that reportedly contain the names of at least 1 million foreigners and American citizens with possible direct and indirect terrorist associations.

Sponsor Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said: "Closing this dangerous loophole was first proposed by the Bush Justice Department in 2007. In fact, we derived the language in our amendment from that original bill.”

John Cornyn, R-Texas, said: "We really should not be focusing on restricting the rights of law-abiding citizens under the Second Amendment without due process of law. That is what (this) amendment does."

A yes vote was backed the Feinstein amendment.
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Kaine (D)   Yea VA  
Warner (D)   Yea VA