Brad Schneider Calls on Bob Dold to Support Legislation to Keep Guns out of the Hands of FBI Terror Suspects


Deerfield, IL –  Brad Schneider, Democratic candidate for Congress in Illinois’ 10th District, is calling for Republican Congressman Bob Dold to support a bill that would keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists.

The bipartisan Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act, introduced by Senator Feinstein (D-CA) and Congressman Peter King (R-NY), would close the loophole that currently allows suspects on the FBI’s terror watchlist to purchase firearms and explosives.

Bob Dold has failed to support the legislation this Congress, and today took a further step by voting to block the bill from consideration.

“Bob Dold is failing the people of this district by refusing to support simple common-sense gun reform that could keep guns out of the hands of terrorists,” said Schneider. “Once again, the NRA and its allies in Congress are blocking legislation that would prevent suspected terrorists – people prohibited from boarding airplanes – from taking advantage of loopholes that allow them to purchase weapons and explosives.

“This is totally unacceptable. We need a leader in Washington who will stand up to the gun lobby and demand responsible gun laws.”

Over the last 11 years, more than 2,000 suspects on the terror watchlist have purchased weapons in the U.S., according to federal data[1].

[1] United States. Cong. House. Homeland Security and Government Affairs. Government Accountability Office. By Eileen R. Larence. 111 Cong., 2nd sess. H. Rept. GAO-10-703T. Government Accountability Office, 5 May 2010. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.