Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is working on a piece of gun control legislation she hopes will appeal to both Democrats and Republicans in the wake of the Orlando terror attack.
According to The New York Times,
Collins, a moderate Republican, is "trying to avoid" a repeat of what took place last December — a gun control measure that fell flat because of partisan politics.
"I don't want Groundhog Day here. I don't want us to go through the same thing we went through last year with no result," she told the Times during a subway ride on Capitol Hill Thursday.
Collins' bill would prevent the sale of firearms to people on two lists: the no-fly list and the FBI's "selectee list," a less strict list than the former but one that prompts additional scrutiny at airports.
There are four other gun control measures due to be voted on Monday, but they are expected to produce zero results. Two of them were introduced by Democrats and two by Republicans.
"If you are either on the no-fly list or the selectee list, which is the list where you are subjected to additional screening before you are allowed to board a plane, then you would be prohibited from purchasing a gun," Collins told the Times.
Many on Capitol Hill are calling for new gun control measures after 49 people were shot and killed in a terror attack last weekend in Orlando. Fifty-three others were wounded.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is even calling for gun control — he would like people on the FBI terror watch lists to be denied firearm purchases.
Collins and her counterpart
representing Maine, independent Angus King, both said Monday they support tightening gun restrictions and preventing people on the terror watch lists from buying firearms.
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