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Gov. Malloy Wants Guns Denied To Those On Terror Watch List

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Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-Conn.)

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is calling on top congressional leaders to pass legislation that would prohibit the sale of firearms and explosives to anyone suspected by the federal government of being a terrorist.The Democrat released a letter Sunday to the Speaker of the House, House Minority Leader, Senate Majority Leader and Senate Minority Leader, urging the lawmakers to immediately consider the bill. Democratic New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey of the Hudson Valley is co-sponsoring the legislation.   

Citing statistics from the General Accountability Office, Malloy said people on the terrorism watch list tried to buy guns and explosives 1,228 times between 2004 and 2010. He says they succeeded 1,119 times.

Malloy says closing what he calls a "loophole" in federal law is "common sense."

Malloy criticized elected officials of instead "closing our borders to those suffering," a reference to Syrian refugees.

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