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


June 15, 2016

Contact: Jerid Kurtz

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

Even the NRA and Other Republicans Support Banning Terrorists from Purchasing Guns

ELK GROVE, CA – 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 ToomeyAngus KingSusan 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?


GAO Report: “Membership In A Terrorist Organization Does Not Prohibit A Person From Possessing Firearms Or Explosives Under Current Federal Law.” “But in the United States, known and suspected terrorists are allowed to purchase firearms under federal law. ‘Membership in a terrorist organization does not prohibit a person from possessing firearms or explosives under current federal law,’ the Government Accountability Office concluded in 2010.” [Wonkblog, Washington Post, 11/16/15]

Scott Jones Is Opposed To Senator Feinstein’s Bill To Close The Terror Watch List Loophole. “Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, a Republican candidate for Congress, is breaking with other California law enforcement officials to oppose Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s bill to forbid people on a federal terror watch list from buying guns.” [McClatchy, 1/08/16]

Rep. Bera Is A Co-Sponsor Of H.R. 1076 – Denying Firearms And Explosives To Dangerous Terrorists Act Of 2015, The House Counterpart To Sen. Feinstein’s Bill. [, co-sponsored 12/02/15]

Rep. Bera Has Voted More Than 10 Times To Take Steps To Close The Terrorist Gun Loophole. [H Res 539, Vote #646, 12/01/15; H Res 542, Vote #653, 12/02/15; H Res 546, Vote #666, 12/03/15; H Res 556, Vote #682, 12/09/15; HR 2130, Vote #685, 12/09/15; Motion, Vote #688, 12/10/15; H Res 560, Vote #690, 12/11/15; H Res 579, Vote #2, 1/06/16; H Res 580, Vote #4, 1/06/16; H Res 581, Vote #21, 1/07/16; H Res 583, Vote #36, 1/12/16; H Res 778, Vote #299, 6/14/16; H Res 783, Vote #304, 6/15/16]

While Jones has had difficulty electronically checking in for a flight in the past, he has never personally claimed to be on any of the lists that would be banned from firearm purchases. "Jones said he also used to be prevented from checking into flights online, allowing him to check in only at the airport counter with identification. He said he figured someone with a similar-sounding name was targeted for heightened scrutiny." [McClatchy, 1/8/16].