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S Amdt 4749 - Authorizes the Attorney General to Delay Transfer of Firearms to Suspected Terrorists - National Key Vote

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Title: Authorizes the Attorney General to Delay Transfer of Firearms to Suspected Terrorists

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote on a motion to invoke cloture on an amendment to HR 2578 that authorizes the attorney general to delay transfer of firearms to a suspected terrorist for up to 3 days while seeking a court order to prevent the transfer.

Highlights:

  • Authorizes the attorney general to delay the transfer of a firearm to an individual who has been investigated as a known or suspected terrorist for up to 3 days (Sec. 5).
  • Requires the attorney general to file an emergency petition in court in order to prevent the transfer of a firearm to a suspected terrorist (Sec. 5).
  • Requires a judge to approve an emergency petition to prevent the transfer of firearms to an individual, if the court finds that there is probable cause to believe that the individual committed an act of terrorism (Sec. 5).

NOTE: INVOKING CLOTURE REQUIRES A 3/5 MAJORITY OF THE SENATE. IT IS NOT A VOTE ON THE PASSAGE OF THE PIECE OF LEGISLATION, BUT LIMITS FURTHER DEBATE TO 30 HOURS. CLOTURE IS TYPICALLY USED TO END A FILIBUSTER. A FAILED CLOTURE VOTE OFTEN PREVENTS THE LEGISLATION FROM EVER COMING TO A VOTE.

Title: Authorizes the Attorney General to Delay Transfer of Firearms to Suspected Terrorists

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