NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Sunday, November 22, 2015, 11:11 PM
Sen. Chuck Schumer announces that he will lead a renewed push for the passage of legislation, the Denying Firearms and Explosive to Dangerous Terrorists Act on Sunday.
Under the gun, with its leader nowhere to be found, the NRA faced a fusillade of new criticism Sunday for prioritizing gun rights over prevention of a Paris-style massacre in the U.S.
Showing no shame, National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre remained conspicuously silent about his organization’s opposition to a bill that would keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists.
Sen. Charles Schumer and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton issued separate calls for inside-the-beltway boneheads to stand up to the powerful gun lobby and pass a bill prohibiting people on the terrorist watchlist from buying firearms.
The sketchy suspected terrorists are already on a federal no-fly list.
“The same nefarious individual we monitor and bar from our planes, we turn the other way when it comes to allowing them to get guns and explosives,” Schumer said.
“The NRA has fought tooth and nail to prevent these individuals from the terror watchlist from being added over the past several years.”
A legal loophole allows an ISIS sympathizer already on federal authorities’ radar to walk into a state with loose gun laws and buy a firearm with little difficulty, Schumer said.
“Handguns, shotguns, assault rifles…they’d be handed over almost immediately,” he said.
Thousands of people on a suspected terrorist list are barred from getting on planes, yet they are allowed to purchase a gun.
LaPierre’s reaction? None.
For days, he has avoided Daily News reporters seeking comment from the hardcore gun zealot about his opposition.
The legislation, called the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act, was first proposed in 2007 by the Bush administration.
Rep. Peter King (R-L.I.) formally introduced the bill in Congress two years later — and it went nowhere fast.
“Because of the NRA it hasn’t happened, but because of Paris we’re hoping there will be new impetus to do this and do it now,” Schumer said.
He said the legislation will be reintroduced in the Senate next week.
Bratton, meanwhile, said a do-nothing Congress needed to close the dangerous loophole.
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton urged Congress on Sunday to stop suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms.
More than 2,000 suspects on the FBI’s Terrorist Watchlist bought weapons in the U.S. over the last 11 years, according to the federal Government Accountability Office.
“If Congress really wants to do something…help us out with that terrorist watchlist — those thousands of people that can purchase firearms,” Bratton said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“I’m more worried about them than I am about Syrian refugees, to be quite frank,” he added.
NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker reiterated that the powerful organization is opposed to the legislation because law-abiding citizens could be wrongly placed on the no-guns list.
“The NRA does not want terrorists or dangerous people to have firearms, any suggestion otherwise is offensive and wrong,” Baker said.
“The NRA’s only objective is to ensure that Americans who are wrongly on the list are afforded their constitutional right to due process. It is appalling that anti-gun politicians are exploiting the Paris terrorist attacks to push their gun-control agenda.”
Republican presidential hopefuls remarkably echoed the NRA’s stance. On ABC’s “This Week,” Ben Carson said many people have no idea why they’re on the watch list. “You know, I am a big supporter of the Second Amendment,” he said.