A proposed bill in Wyoming is set to ban the sale of guns to people on various FBI terrorist watch lists, including a “no fly” list.
The bill is receiving criticism because many people on the list have not been convicted of a crime in a court of law. By taking away the right to bear arms, the law would be prohibiting people’s Second Amendment rights while also violating their due process rights, according to KGAB.
The “no fly” list is not entirely accurate, with a history of wrongfully placing innocent citizens on the list. Senator Ted Kennedy, veterans, actors and children as young as two-years-old have appeared on the list, according to the Daily Wire.
Even Democratic Georgia Rep. John Lewis was on the list at one point, The Daily Caller has previously reported.
The bill is similar to ones introduced in the U.S. Senate in 2015 and 2016, all of which failed. One, proposed by Republicans, did not outright ban people on FBI watch lists from buying a gun, but instead required a 72-hour waiting period to give authorities enough time to convince a judge if this person is a danger to the public or not.
This bill was voted down because Democrats argued it would be impossible to gather enough evidence of terrorist or violent activities in three days, so they said it would still allow anyone on a watch list to obtain a gun, according to The Washington Post.