Position: Support Status: Failed to pass a vote at 2:30 PM PDT, June 20, 2016. Nay: 53; Yea: 47
The Feinstein Amendment 4720 prevents known or suspected terrorists from buying guns and ensures that DOJ/FBI would have been notified of the Orlando shooter's attempted purchase.
Specifically, the Feinstein Amendment 4720 gives the Attorney General the ability to deny a gun transfer to a known or suspected terrorist:
-based on the totality of the circumstances;
-where the transferee represents a threat to public safety, and
-there is a reasonable suspicion that the transferee is or has been engaged in terrorist activity.
In addition, Amendment 4720 provides a due process appeal consistent with remedial procedures for gun denials and allows the Department of Justice (DOJ) to develop procedures to protect classified information.
The Amendment also requires the Attorney General to establish procedures to ensure the Attorney General (or designee) is notified when a person investigated within the past five years for terrorism attempts a gun purchase. This would ensure that DOJ/FBI would have been notified of the Orlando shooter's attempted purchase.