Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a Tuesday interview with CBS “This Morning” that his department should be in charge of instituting gun control.
“We have to face the fact that meaningful, responsible gun control has to be part of homeland security,” Johnson stated.
“We need to do something to minimize the opportunities for terrorists to get a gun in this country, and this is now something that is critical to homeland security as well as public safety,” he said later.
Johnson also noted that limiting the ability of persons on the federal no-fly list to purchase firearms is another issue “that has to be addressed.” (RELATED: Trump To Meet With NRA To Discuss Gun Control)
The secretary’s comments come only days after Omar Mateen carried out the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001. (RELATED: Johnson: Right-Wingers Pose Same Threat As Islamic Extremists)
Early Sunday morning, Mateen opened fire in Orlando’s Pulse night club, murdering 49 people and injuring at least 53 others. (RELATED: Terror Expert: Obama Is Practically Guaranteeing Another Attack Before The Election)