Earlier in the day, Jonathan Tamari of the Inquirer reported that Sen. Toomey was hoping to coordinate with Michael Bloomberg’s group on legislation to prevent those on the terrorist watch list from purchasing a firearm. Those talks fell through, however, and now the Senator will be introducing his own bill.
Apparently, Toomey was concerned that people who may be accidentally included on the list would have a difficult time getting off of it.
In order to prevent such a circumstance, Sen. Toomey proposes having the list of suspected terrorists who are banned from buying firearms approved and annually reviewed by the FISA court. Additionally, if someone were to challenge their claim, the Attorney General would have to turn over all the evidence.
Democrats found Toomey’s demands too cumbersome, so now the Senator is set to introduce his own piece of legislation tomorrow.
All the while, the McGinty campaign remains unimpressed.
“Senator Toomey had the opportunity to prevent suspected terrorists from being able to buy guns last December, and instead he opposed it,” McGinty Communications Director Sean Coit stated. “It should not have taken the worst mass shooting in U.S. history or an election year for Senator Toomey to return to this issue.”
“Now, he’s simply giving himself some political cover by introducing an unworkable bill that is very unlikely to receive bipartisan support and would do little to actually prevent shootings,” Coit concluded. “He’s trying to sell it as an honest effort to make our communities safer, but we should recognize this for what it is: a political calculation and little else.”