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New Legislation Aimed at Alerting FBI When Terror Suspect Tries to Buy Gun

Sen. Mark Kirk

Sen. Mark Kirk

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

New legislation is aimed at alerting the FBI when a terror suspect tries to buy a gun.

Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois introduced the legislation in the wake of the Orlando nightclub massacre.

“Terrorists should not be able to buy weapons and the FBI should be notified if a suspected terrorist buys a weapon,” Kirk said in a statement, 5 NBC Chicago reports. “This commonsense legislation equips the FBI with a new tool to stop threats on American lives.”

The measure would require anyone who has been investigated for potential terrorism ties to be entered into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

The FBI uses the NICS when it conducts background checks.

Justice Department Endorses Democrats’ Plan on Gun Control for Terrorism Suspects

gunsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is backing the Democrats on a gun-control measure that would ban suspected terrorists from buying guns.

The gun-control amendment was introduced by Sen. Dianne Feintein, D-Calif.

The measure would allow the attorney general to ban gun sales to suspected terrorists if there’s “reasonable belief that the weapons would be used in connection with terrorism.”

“The amendment gives the Justice Department an important additional tool to prevent the sale of guns to suspected terrorists by licensed firearms dealers while ensuring protection of the department’s operational and investigative sensitivities,” Justice Department spokeswoman Dena Iverson said in a statement posted to the DOJ’s website. “We also continue to support universal background checks as a necessary tool to prevent suspected terrorists from lawfully obtaining firearms.”

Republicans defeated a similar proposal in December.

Other Stories of Interest

Homeland Security Issues New Terrorism Advisory Because of Homegrown Exremists

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The threat of hometown extremism has prompted Homeland Security to issue a new terrorism advisory, Business Insider reports.

The bullet cautioned of “homegrown violent extremists who could strike with little or no notice.”

The bulletin follows the worst mass shooting in modern American history.

“The tragic events of Orlando several days ago reinforce this. Accordingly, increased public vigilance and awareness continue to be of utmost importance,” the bulletin said. “This bulletin has a five-month duration and will expire just before the holiday season. We will reassess the threats of terrorism at that time.”

The bulletin warns that homegrown terrorists pose an unpredictable danger to Americans.

It also expressed concern over “terrorist use of the Internet to inspire individuals to violence or join their ranks” and “threats and violence directed at particular communities and individuals across the country, based on perceived religion, ethnicity, nationality or sexual orientation.”

FBI Increases Scrutiny of Wife of Orlando Nightclub Shooter

Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The wife of the gunman who killed 49 people inside an Orlando nightclub is facing tough questions from the FBI to determine whether she knew the attack was going to happen.

The Washington Post reports that Noor Z. Salman, 30, went to the club at least once with her husband, Omar Mateen, before the attack.

One federal law enforcement official said Salman accompanied Mateen as “reconnaissance.”

Salman has not been arrested, but the FBI is trying to determine how much she knew about the attack and whether she had advance knowledge.

The FBI also has discovered that Mateen made at least one phone call to an acquaintance during the standoff. Details of that conversation weren’t immediately clear.

Senator: FBI Is Down 6,000 Agents Despite Increasing Threats of Terrorism

Sen. Lindsey Graham

Sen. Lindsey Graham

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Budget cuts have left the FBI with too few agents to properly address the terrorism threat, Sen. Lindsey Graham said.

“The FBI has lost 6,000 agents due to budget cuts. The Army is going to be at 1940 levels – the Navy at 1950 levels. I want to restore our defense cuts and our intelligence cuts so we can fight a war we can afford to win,” he told the FOX Business Network’s Stuart Varney

On Monday, House Democrats supported legislation that would give the FBI authority to reject gun purchases to people on the terror watch list. The GOP rejected the measure in December.

Hillary Clinton called on a national ban on assault-style weapons, while Donald Trump proposed a ban on Muslims entering the country.

FBI Director: Omar Mateen Was Self-Radicalized Lone Wolf with No Help Overseas

Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Omar Mateen appears to be a self-radicalized lone wolf who received no help overseas, FBI Director James Comey said.

During the massacre that left more than 50 people dead, Mateen spoke with police dispatchers three times, pledging allegiance to ISIS and praising the Boston Marathon bombers, the New York Post reports. 

“We have seen no indication that this was a plot directed from outside the United States and we see no indication that he was part of any kind of network,” Comey told reporters.

“It is also not entirely clear at this point what terrorist group he inspired to support. Although, he made clear his affinity at the time of the attack for ISIL and generally … for radical Islamist groups.”

FBI Increasingly Conducting Undercover Stings to Investigate Suspected ISIS Supporters

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is increasingly conducting undercover operations to investigate American suspected of supporting ISIS.

The New York Times found that stings are used in about two-thirds of the terrorism cases, a significant increase over the past two years. 

Nearly 90 Americans have been charged for allegedly supporting ISIS.

The FBI’s secret operations involve agents and informants who pose as bomb makers, jihadist and gun dealers. The agents have helped suspects acquire weapons, bombing targets and routs to Syria.

“We’re not going to wait for the person to mobilize on his own time line,” said Michael B. Steinbach, who leads the F.B.I.’s national security branch.

He said the F.B.I. can’t afford to “just sit and wait knowing the individual is actively plotting.”