A central Illinois congressman said instead of more federal gun laws, the current laws should be followed.
Republican Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville criticized House Democrats for staging a sit-in protest inside the House chambers. Democrats want to force a vote on several gun measures including keeping people on a terror watch list from being able to purchase firearms.
Davis said instead of focusing on restricting the Second Amendment, law enforcement should do their jobs to combat radical Islam. “Law enforcement has to tools now to be able to stop anyone on the terror watch list from buying a firearm legally in this country."
Democratic Congressman Bill Foster of Joliet supported the sit-in, saying anyone on the no-fly list should not be able to purchase firearms.
Davis said Americans should be able to address if their name is on a watchlist.
“They should have due process and recourse to be able to get off that list, especially because they’re American citizens," he said.
Meanwhile a bipartisan group of Illinois lawmakers support a state measure they say will help keep firearms out of suspected terrorists' hands while allowing for due process.
The proposed state measure permits Illinois State Police to notify the FBI if a person on a terrorist watchlist submits an application for a state-issued Firearm Owner’s Identification, or FOID, card.
Alongside Democratic state Rep. Greg Harris, Republican Ed Sullivan said the proposed measure includes due process. “So for any time a FOID card is denied or revoked under Illinois law and under this proposed legislation there will always be due process under our existing statutes.”
Davis said he opposes a proposed federal law that would use watchlists to screen potential gun sales, but it’s an issue that can be addressed at the state level.
Davis also said there need to be better mental health provisions to get quicker treatment to people in need.