Vote on Gun Bill Likely After July 4th Break

Paul Ryan

Yesterday, Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan told Republicans on a conference call that the House will vote on a counterterrorism package that will include a provision to prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns, according to this story from rollcall.com, though the exact nature of that provision is still unclear.

When the House returns from its July Fourth recess, it will also vote on a mental health bill, sponsored by Pennsylvania’s Rep. Tim Murphy, said Ryan, who is also a Representative for Wisconsin's First District. Republicans have typically taken the stance that terrorism and mental illness are to blame for most mass shootings.

We reported that last week Democrats disrupted House activities with a nearly 26-hour sit-in that was meant to force a vote on unconstitutional gun laws that were already defeated in the Senate.

“It’s unclear whether Ryan’s proposal would include the broad “no fly, no buy” proposal Democrats have supported or a more limited version endorsed by the NRA. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office said Ryan may well offer the NRA-backed version, which puts the burden on the government to prove that someone on a terror watch list should not have a gun.

"‘House Democrats will keep up our efforts to push for the majority to allow a vote on gun violence legislation, but bringing up a bill authored by the NRA just isn’t going to cut it,’ said Drew Hammill, a spokesperson for Pelosi.

“The NRA-backed version failed in the Senate last week along with a Democrat-supported measure that banned sales to suspected terrorists unless they could prove they didn’t belong on the watch list.

On the call, Ryan said it was common sense that suspects on terror watch lists should not be able to buy guns, but he wants to make sure that any provision protects due process for people who may mistakenly be added to such lists."

Word is that House Democrats are planning to continue their protests after their holiday break.

The story says Ryan told his colleagues that they are getting recommendations from the sergeant-at-arms and the parliamentarians, and that the House Republicans will take any actions they deem necessary.