Van Hollen Appeals to Larry Hogan to Ban Weapons for Individuals on Terrorist Watch List
Chris Van Hollen, Representative for Maryland’s 8th congressional district, requested on Governor Larry Hogan to ban gun sales in Maryland to individuals who are on the FBI’s terrorist watch list.
Van Hollen told Hogan, in a letter that he should follow the lead of Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy, who on Thursday signed an executive order to prevent the sale of guns to persons on government watch lists.
Van Hollen cited New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and close ally of Hogan who signed a state law to ban individuals on the terrorist watch list from getting a gun permission.
“Despite repeated efforts in Congress to prevent people on the FBI Terrorist Watchlist from buying guns, Republican leaders prevented us from even having a vote,” Van Hollen said. “While Tea Party obstructionism and the NRA keep Congress from moving forward to protect Americans from gun violence and terrorism, I call on you to explore every possible State action to prevent dangerous individuals from purchasing guns in Maryland.”
Republicans in the Senate refused an amendment that would have instituted the terrorist watch list ban amid concerns that the move would encroach on the Second Amendment right to carry arms.
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