Inhofe Votes to Protect Second Amendment Rights for Law-Abiding Citizens

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted to protect the second amendment and law-abiding citizens’ rights to own guns. On a series of cloture votes, requiring a 60-vote threshold, to adopt amendments to the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Appropriations bill, Inhofe took the following stances:

  • Inhofe voted in favor of Sen. Chuck Grassley’s amendment #4751 that would improve federal agency and state submission of records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), provide for notification to the FBI if someone purchases a gun who has been on a watch list in the last five years, and would provide clarification on mental health definitions. The amendment would also establish an audit of NICS to ensure accurate data. The amendment failed by a vote of 53 – 47.
  • Inhofe voted in favor of Sen. John Cornyn’s amendment #4749 that would allow the attorney general to place a 72-hour delay on gun purchases for individuals on terrorist watch lists requiring the government to go to a court and present evidence that a citizen is a terrorist and should be denied his or her second amendment right. The amendment failed by a vote of 53–47.
  • Inhofe voted against Sen. Chris Murphy’s amendment #4750 that would create universal background checks for all gun purchases, which would pave the way for a national gun registry. It would also criminalize failing to report a lost or stolen gun to the Department of Justice. The amendment failed by a vote of 44–56.
  • Inhofe voted against Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s amendment #4720 that would block individuals who are either currently on or have been on a terror watch list in the past five years from purchasing guns. This conflicts with a citizen’s right to due process as stated in the Fifth Amendment. The amendment failed by a vote of 47–53.

“Orlando, San Bernardino, Boston, Fort Hood – these are just a few, recent dark moments for our nation that amplify that radical Islam is not focused on a choice of weapon but on a mission,” Inhofe said. “ISIL and similar radical groups seek to extinguish our freedoms and to terrorize, kill and oppress anyone who lives counter to their extreme ideology.  No matter how they carry out their act of evil, their mission will always supersede our nation’s laws. Therefore my votes were based on what would protect the Constitution and support law-abiding citizens’ right to self-defense and to bear arms. I supported Sen. Grassley’s amendment to clarify mental health definitions and to encourage states to report information to the National Criminal Background Check System. I also supported Sen. Cornyn’s common-sense proposal that would delay the sell of a gun by 72-hours to someone on a terrorist watch list. This protects due process for innocent citizens who have unknowingly been placed on one of these lists and also takes terrorists off the streets, not just deny them the purchase of a gun.”