Bera Campaign Calls on Scott Jones to Reverse His Position Allowing Those on Terror Watch List to Purchase Guns

Press Release

By: Ami Bera
By: Ami Bera
Date: June 15, 2016
Location: Elk Grove, CA
Issues: Guns

Today, the Bera Campaign called on Sheriff Scott Jones to immediately reverse his dangerous opposition to legislation that would ban those on terror watch and no-fly lists from purchasing guns.

Jones stated his opposition to closing the loophole that allows suspects on the FBI terror watch list to buy guns during a January interview, where he claimed the bill has "numerous faults" and would only "make a few people feel better."

"Scott Jones' radical position against limiting gun sales to those on the terror watch list is dangerous, and puts him at odds with California law enforcement, the gun lobby, and even some Congressional Republicans," said Congressman Bera's campaign manager, Jerid Kurtz. "Taking steps to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists is a no-brainer, so Jones should immediately reverse his position and stop playing politics with common-sense gun safety reforms."

The Bera campaign's call to Jones comes as members of the United States Senate filibuster in support of the "no-fly, no-buy" terror watch list gun reform bill, and the National Rifle Association (NRA) announces that they believe "that terrorists should not be allowed to purchase or possess firearms, period."

"I've been a strong supporter of preventing suspects on the FBI's terror watch list from buying guns, and I've co-sponsored legislation in Congress to do just that," said Representative Ami Bera. "I'm proud to co-sponsor the bipartisan bill to close the "no fly, no buy' loophole, and it's a common-sense step forward in keeping our families safe that is long overdue."

Republicans other than Jones, including Donald Trump, Senators Pat Toomey, Angus King, Susan Collins, and John Cornyn, have recently indicated a willingness to discuss efforts to close the gun loophole. Also, Republican Representatives Peter King, Robert Dold, Jr., and Daniel Donovan are sponsoring the no-fly, no-buy bill to close the terrorist watch loophole that Rep. Bera has been working to pass.

Today in a release, even the NRA stated, "Anyone on a terror watchlist who tries to buy a gun should be thoroughly investigated by the FBI and the sale delayed while the investigation is ongoing. If an investigation uncovers evidence of terrorist activity or involvement, the government should be allowed to immediately go to court, block the sale, and arrest the terrorist."

If so many people and groups can see the need for common-sense action to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists, why can't Scott Jones?