Tags: Gun Control | Gun Rights | tom cole | no fly no buy | guns | no fly list

Rep. Cole: No-Fly List Shouldn't Be Automatic Block on Gun Buys

Image: Rep. Cole: No-Fly List Shouldn't Be Automatic Block on Gun Buys
(CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

By    |   Monday, 04 Jul 2016 02:48 PM

There are many people who are on the national terror watch list who shouldn't be, including members of Congress, and their rights to buy guns should not be blocked for that reason alone, Rep. Tom Cole said Monday.

"It's not a very precise weapon," the Oklahoma Republican told MSNBC. "It ought to be looked at carefully. I don't think you automatically assume somebody is a terrorist because you're on that list."

He pointed out that there are people on the list like Georgia Rep. John Lewis, a Democrat who was active in the fight for civil rights. Further, Cole said, a gun seller also has the right not to sell a gun if there are any doubts or suspicions about the buyer.

For example, one of the sellers that Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen approached reported him to federal authorities after Mateen tried to purchase ammunition in bulk and because of suspicious statements he made, Cole said.

"Sadly, action wasn't taken before, before the awful murders were committed," said Cole. "So there are multiple layers here to try and make sure that people that don't, shouldn't have weapons, don't get weapons, but it is a constitutional right. I don't think you automatically preclude somebody from exercising their rights anymore than you do the right of free speech or the right of religion to somebody that you may think is going to misuse those rights, as some terrorists indeed have."

There are many polls on the issue that show an overwhelming number of Americans support background checks for all gun buyers, and who also support "no-fly, no-buy" legislation.

Cole also Monday defended presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump against criticism over a tweet posted on his account over the weekend. Critics accused Trump of anti-Semitism after a graphic, featuring the six-point star and a pile of cash along with Clinton's image, and the phrase "most corrupt candidate ever," appeared in a tweet on his feed Saturday.  

It was deleted two hours later and replaced with the same meme, in which the star was swapped for a circle.

"As I look at the tweet that I've seen on television now several times. I think boy, it is a stretch to think this is meant to be anti-Semitic in any way," said Cole. "The fact that the campaign immediately, you know, substituted a circle or a balloon instead of something that could be a star. I think showed that they respected the criticism, but I don't think in any way they meant to suggest anything anti-Semitic."

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

 
1Like our page
2Share
Politics
There are many people who are on the national terror watch list who shouldn't be, including members of Congress, and their rights to buy guns should not be blocked for that reason alone, Rep. Tom Cole said Monday.
tom cole, no fly no buy, guns, no fly list
423
2016-48-04
Monday, 04 Jul 2016 02:48 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved