The head of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action says people on terrorist watch lists should not be able to buy guns. Chris W. Cox released a statement as he was meeting with Donald Trump to discuss the issue.
"The NRA's position on this issue has not changed. The NRA believes that terrorists should not be allowed to purchase or possess firearms, period. Anyone on a terror watchlist who tries to buy a gun should be thoroughly investigated by the FBI and the sale delayed while the investigation is ongoing," Cox said.
The statement comes as questions arise as to how Omar Mateen, investigated twice by the FBI, was able to buy guns legally after being investigated. He was not charged with any offenses and cleared in 2014.
Cox said that people involved in, or suspected of involvement in, terrorism should not be able to purchase firearms and that the sale should be blocked, but he also called for safeguards to be in place for the innocent.
"If an investigation uncovers evidence of terrorist activity or involvement, the government should be allowed to immediately go to court, block the sale, and arrest the terrorist. At the same time, due process protections should be put in place that allow law-abiding Americans who are wrongly put on a watchlist to be removed. That has been the position of Sen. John Cornyn (R.-Tex.) and a majority of the U.S. Senate. Sadly, President Obama and his allies would prefer to play politics with this issue," Cox said.
Mateen's ability to legally buy guns has become a focal point in the wake of the Orlando shooting even though the owner of the store insists he ran a background check that turned up nothing before selling the terrorist the rifle and handgun.