Democrat Lawmaker Pushes for New Gun Control Measures

Following the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States, Democratic Congressman Ted Deutch wants to ban people on the terror watch list from purchasing firearms.

“Right now there is no way that the federal government can prevent someone who’s on the terror watch list from buying a gun – none. That can change and we can do that this week,” Rep. Ted Deutch told the FOX Business Network’s Charles Payne.

Omar Mateen entered popular gay nightclub Pulse early Sunday morning and opened fire. He was armed with a handgun and assault rifle—allegedly purchased legally despite red flags from the FBI.

Even though the shooting has sparked a renewed political debate between the Democratic and Republican parties over gun control, Deutch says the push is not about altering the Second Amendment and has “overwhelming support.”

“This isn’t about grabbing people’s guns, this isn’t about changing the Second Amendment. This simply says that someone who is on the terrorist watch list – a dangerous terrorist should not be able to purchase a gun,” he said.