After the Senate failed to pass any of the four gun bills put forth by members on Monday, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced a compromised bill on Tuesday in the hope that it will not suffer the same fate as its predecessors.
Known as the “Terrorist Firearms Prevention Act of 2016,” this bipartisan “No-Fly, No-Buy” bill would give the government the authority to suspend the sale of a firearm to a person on the No Fly List or the Selectee List, but would also standardize a system of redress for those affected.
It attempts to strike a balance between the No-Fly, No-Buy bill put forth by Democrats and the No-Fly, No-Buy bill put forth by Republicans Monday, both of which failed to clear the upper chamber.
More specifically, the bill creates the following:
- Gives the AG the authority to deny firearms sales to individuals who appear on the No Fly List or the Selectee List.
- Provides a process for Americans and green card holders to appeal a denial in U.S. Court of Appeals and to recover their reasonable attorneys fees if they prevail.
- Sets forth a procedure for protecting classified information during the appeal.
- Protects ongoing FBI counter-terrorism investigations by giving the AG the discretion to allow gun sales to go forward to individuals covered by this Act.
- Includes a “look-back” provision that ensures prompt notification to the FBI if a person who has been on the broader Terrorism Screening Database (TSDB) within the past five years purchases a firearm.
At the press conference unveiling the measure Tuesday, Sen. Kaine was highly critical of the Senate’s inability to pass gun control in the past.
“This body has been impotent, weak, silent and a bystander to this carnage of gun violence that is going on in the United States,” Kaine said.
“There will be no meaningful gun safety reforms done in this body unless it is bipartisan,” he continued. “We’ve got to make progress, and to make progress we’ve got to do it in a bipartisan way.”
It’s unclear at this point how much “bipartisan” support Kanie’s bill will garner or if it will even come close to the 60-vote threshold needed to overcome a filibuster. It’s also unclear whether the Senate will take it up for a vote. We’ll keep you posted.