Three U.S. representatives from Florida are trying to close the Pensacola shooter loophole

It would require them to petition the U.S. attorney general before being able to buy guns and would lead to more-rigorous background checks.Federal law generally prevents people in the United States on non-immigrant visas from having guns. After opening fire at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Alshamrani was killed by an Escambia County Sheriffs deputy.Foreign nationals should not be able to buy a firearm through the purchase of a hunting license, Crist said in a prepared statement Thursday. We need tougher vetting than that.Rutherford, a former Jacksonville sheriff, said it is clear that Congress must act to close a loophole in federal gun laws that allowed a foreign visitor to legally purchase a firearm and kill three Americans.I believe that all foreigners seeking to purchase a firearm must be vetted both here in the U.S. and in their country of origin, Rutherford said. This bipartisan bill is crucial to strengthening our national security and keeping communities safe.While Rutherford voiced his support for Second Amendment rights, Demings, a former Orlando police chief, blamed the gun lobby for the loophole.Its simply common sense that people shouldnt be able to get a gun anywhere, anytime, Demings said in a statement. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., has asked the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee to bring in the FBI, the Department of State, the Department of Defense and U.S. intelligence officials to examine how foreign nationals are vetted on U.S. military bases.

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