After Orlando

Dianne Feinstein, Democrats introduce gun control measures beginning this week

A police vehicle outside the Pulse nightclub, the scene of a mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016. (Photo credit: GREGG NEWTON/AFP/Getty Images)

In the wake of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, Senate Democrats say they are preparing a host of gun control bills to bring to a vote beginning this week. The first measure, introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), would prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns, and will be offered as an amendment to an appropriations bill this week. The legislation was last voted on in December, when it was blocked by Republicans.

Feinstein’s proposal would prevent anyone on a terror watch list from purchasing firearms and explosives and allow the Attorney General to block weapons transfers to those with suspected links to terror, according to the Washington Post. If the bill had passed in December, it possibly could have prevented the tragedy in Orlando, according to Democrats, though it is unclear if gunman Omar Mateen was on one of the lists that qualifies under the bill. Mateen killed 49 and injured more than 50 when he opened fire with an assault rifle on club-goers at the gay night club Pulse in Orlando early Sunday morning.

Feinstein said the legislation is “the least we could do to reduce the risk of terror attacks on our country,” but added that “I don’t know what it will take to change the mindset of this Congress.”

Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-New York) said he believes they have a better chance getting the bill through now than in December, and hopes that the tragedy in Orlando might convince some Republicans to vote for it, though no Republicans have announced such a change of heart, according to the Post. Democrats will also try to ban assault weapons, stiffen background checks, deal with mental instability, and address spousal abuse, according to the report.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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