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House Republicans pushing gun control bill

House Republicans pushing gun control bill
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Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) is spearheading gun control legislation that would keep firearms out of the hands of suspected terrorists, but it is unclear whether Republican leadership will give the bill a vote.

The Terrorist Firearms Prevention Act announced Friday will serve as a companion bill to the compromise gun legislation introduced by Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Energy: Schumer to trigger reconciliation process Wednesday | Bipartisan bill would ban 'forever chemicals' in cosmetics | Biden admin eyes step toward Trump-era proposal for uranium reserve Bipartisan lawmakers introduce bill to ban 'forever chemicals' in cosmetics as study finds them prevalent Cosmetic chemicals need a makeover MORE (R-Maine) in the Senate.

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The gun legislation would prevent suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms.

The bipartisan legislation appears to have Democratic support and is backed by a handful of Republicans, including Reps. Bob Dold (Ill.), Scott RigellScott RigellSpanberger's GOP challenger raises over .8 million in third quarter Ex-Rep. Scott Taylor to seek old Virginia seat GOP rushes to embrace Trump MORE (Va.), Peter King (N.Y.) and Curbelo.

“Some of our colleagues say this is all about terrorism,” Curbelo told reporters at a Friday press conference. "Others say this is all about guns. We are coming together to say this is about keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous terrorists."

The bill comes after House Democrats this week staged a sit-in in an attempt to force a vote on gun control legislation.

Under Curbelo’s bill, the attorney general would be empowered to block roughly 3,000 suspected terrorists who are on the no-fly list or selectee list from purchasing firearms, lawmakers said.

The legislation would also include provisions to swiftly remove people who are wrongly placed on the no-fly list and recoup the legal costs they spent defending their Second Amendment rights.

Curbelo spoke with House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanZaid Jilani: Paul Ryan worried about culture war distracting from issues 'that really concern him' The Memo: Marjorie Taylor Greene exposes GOP establishment's lack of power The Hill's 12:30 Report - Senators back in session after late-night hold-up MORE’s (R-Wis.) chief of staff about the legislation earlier in the week, while Rigell, who is also backing the bill, plans to meet with the Speaker’s office today.