June 14th, 2016
Calls on Steve Knight to Immediately Act to Keep Guns Away from Suspected Terrorists
Contact: Orrin Evans (818) 359-5536
Valencia, Calif. – Today, Bryan Caforio called on Representative Steve Knight to immediately take action and vote in favor of commonsense legislation that would improve the safety of Americans: closing the loophole that allows suspects on the FBI Terrorist Watchlist to purchase firearms. Unlike Rep. Steve Knight, Bryan Caforio believes that if you can’t be trusted to fly on an airplane, you should not be able to buy firearms.
Following the tragedy in Orlando this weekend there is a continued focus on tough and smart policies to combat ISIS and help make Americans safer at home and abroad. Unfortunately, Rep. Steve Knight continues to mislead voters about his record. In January, Knight told the Ventura County Star that “we must take steps to keep firearms out of the hands of….terrorists,” then flew back to Washington, D.C., and voted for the 11th time to prevent a vote on legislation that would keep lethal weapons out of the hands of FBI’s Terrorist Watchlist suspects.
This afternoon, it is expected that there will be a procedural vote that would allow consideration of this “No Fly, No Buy” legislation, and Bryan Caforio urged his opponent to allow consideration and debate on this measure.
“Keeping Americans safe at home – in their neighborhoods, sports arenas and schools – must be our top priority in the face of tragedies like what we saw this weekend in Orlando. We must take immediate action and close the dangerous loophole that allows suspected terrorists to legally buy firearms. If you’re too dangerous to fly on an airplane, you should not be able to buy a dangerous weapon.”
“Unfortunately, my opponent does not agree, and has voted 11 times to prevent a vote on legislation that would close this dangerous loophole. We must be tough and smart when it comes to fighting terror, and I am urging Congressman Steve Knight to take this simple step and vote to keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists,” said Caforio.
Over the past decade, according to the GAO, thousands of suspected terrorists on the FBI’s Terrorist Watchlist bought weapons in the United States. The vast majority of Americans, even gun owners, have long supported closing this loophole, which is likely to have only increased since the tragedy in San Bernardino and other terror-related events.
Caforio was born and raised in Southern California by two public school teachers, attended UCLA and Yale Law School, worked for a United States federal judge, and practices as an attorney taking on some of the world’s biggest banks. Bryan lives in Valencia with his wife Lisa, who serves as a Deputy City Attorney at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.
The 25th District covers northern Los Angeles County and part of Ventura County including the Antelope Valley, Palmdale, Lancaster, Santa Clarita, and Simi Valley. President Obama won the district in 2008, and experts consider it a toss-up in a Presidential election year. Last year Democratic registration eclipsed Republican registration for the first time, and the district is now majority-minority. National Republicans list Congressman Knight as one of their most vulnerable incumbents.