S. 1317, The Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2009 (3 comments ↓)

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  • This bill, or a similar bill, was reintroduced in the current Congress as S. 1455, The Recovery Enhancement for Addiction Treatment Act.

S. 1317 would increase public safety by permitting the Attorney General to deny the transfer of firearms or the issuance of firearms and explosives licenses to known or suspected dangerous terrorists.

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September 25, 2009, 7:46am (report abuse)

we know who the real terrorists are and they want our rights to defense.

The Skeptic

November 23, 2009, 1:38am (report abuse)

If you read the summary closely all this bill does is put massive poswer into the hands of a single political appointee with no loyalty to any constituency. essentially, this bill says that if Eric Holder should want your guns, Eric Holder should get your guns. Period.

Aaron Titus

May 27, 2010, 3:11pm (report abuse)

I testified before the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs on Senate Bills 1317 and 2820. I was the last speaker on two panels which included NYC Mayor Bloomberg, the NYPD, LAPD, Government Accountability Office, the Justice Department, and others. I was the sole dissenting voice.

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Here is a link to the written testimony on my blog:


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