In the wake of the Orlando, FL attack, the Senate has been considering ways to close the so-called “terror gap.” The terror gap exists because being on a terrorist watch list is not a disqualifying condition for those seeking to possess explosives or firearms. Both Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama have recommended closing this security gap.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) released a bipartisan amendment to be offered to the Senate version of the FY 2017 Commerce-Justice-State appropriations bill that would close the gap for transfers of explosives and firearms. The Collins amendment is co-sponsored by Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Angus King (DI-ME), Joe Manchin (D-VW), and Bill Nelson (D-FL). We urge all Senators to in support of this critical but measured reform that will help ensure the terrorists are not inadvertently allowed access to explosive materials and products.