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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today released the following statement after voting once again to stop suspected terrorists from purchasing guns:

“We must roll up our sleeves and redouble our efforts to ensure that we are using every resource at our disposal to enable our federal and local law enforcement agents to locate, monitor and stop domestic terrorism. I supported two commonsense measures today that would keep weapons out of the hands of suspected terrorists, while ensuring that the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens are not infringed upon.

“We also must not lose sight of the critical need to fight jihadist terrorism at home and abroad. We cannot continue our current policy of containment of the radical Islamic state. We must equip and enable our armed forces and our intelligence agencies to root out terrorists wherever they are. Until we take the fight to ISIL and eradicate them from the face of this Earth, this threat will continue to grow.”

Isakson today voted in favor of two amendments to the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill that would ban the sale of guns to anyone on a terror watch list while also providing resources to improve and enhance the national background check registry.

The first was an amendment introduced by U.S. Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, that would require the attorney general to be notified when any person who is on a terror watch list or has been under investigation for suspicion of terrorism attempts to purchase a firearm, at which point the attorney general could seek an emergency court order to block the sale and, if appropriate, bring the suspect into custody.

The second was an amendment introduced by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, that would improve and enhance our nation’s background check system, alert law enforcement if a person who has been investigated for terrorism over the last five years attempts to purchase a gun, and also address mental health concerns.

Both amendments failed to receive the 60 votes needed to advance in the Senate today. The amendments are similar to ones offered in 2015, and Isakson voted for both at that time, too.

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