Schumer, Cuomo: Feds should close gun-terror loophole
Top New York officials are demanding that the federal government share classified watch-list information on suspected terrorists so the state can block such people from buying guns legally.
The federal government doesn’t currently share classified background information about suspects on its terror and no-fly watch lists with states. Sen. Charles Schumer and Gov. Andrew Cuomo say such information would keep suspected terrorists from passing a gun background check and legally obtaining a firearm – now allowed under federal law.
Schumer and Cuomo say keeping the information secret creates a dangerous "terror gap."
The two Democrats held a news conference Sunday in lower Manhattan.
Schumer co-sponsored the "Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2015," which would give the Department of Justice authority to prevent a suspected terrorist from buying such materials.
But the measure failed in the U.S. Senate last week.