No-fly list

Democrats Tell Ryan on Guns: 'We're Not Going Away'
Speaker can't assure House gun votes that Lewis and Larson requested

Speaker Paul D. Ryan told Democratic Reps. John Lewis and John B. Larson on Tuesday that he understood their concerns over the mounting gun violence in the country. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The stalemate between Republicans and Democrats in the House over gun control persists despite a private Tuesday night meeting between Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Democratic Reps. John Lewis of Georgia and John B. Larson of Connecticut.  

A source familiar with the meeting said Ryan told the two Democrats that their party is winning the public opinion war on gun control, but a Ryan spokesperson denied that the speaker made such a remark.  

After Gun Votes, White House Says Republicans 'Scared' of NRA
Top Obama spokesman: 'Cowardice' led to defeat of Senate measures

Hours after Senate Republicans defeated four gun measures, the White House hit back hard by accusing them of “cowardice” and being “scared” of the National Rifle Association.  

The four measures, two Republican-crafted and two Democrat-written, would have tied gun purchases to various federal terrorism watchlists , increased funding, and closed the so-called “guns show loophole.” None received the requisite 60 votes needed to end debate.  

Who's on What Watch List?
Understanding the differences among various terror watch lists

The no-fly and selectee lists cover about 2,500 Americans. (Roll Call file photo)

As the Senate considers legislation restricting gun purchases by people on terror watch lists, it's important to understand what list they're talking about. Here are definitions of key ones:

Sources: Government Accountability Office, FBI, Congressional Research Service

Senate Rejects All 4 Gun Measures
Background check expansion, no fly-list measures fail

Senate votes on the floor

The Senate failed Monday to take any action to limit gun sales to people whose names appear on federal terror watch lists, as Republicans voted to impose a three-day waiting period and Democrats sought to allow the government to ban such sales.  

The votes followed the quick rejection of a pair of amendments that would have expanded background checks for people buying guns.  

#Filibuster Reaction Reflects Passionate Division Over Guns
Murphy inspires and incites, depending on which way you look at the debate

Demonstrators supporting Sen. Christopher S. Murphy's filibuster on gun laws march onto the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday night. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Well-known writers, media personalities and relatives of gun violence victims posted passionate dispatches on both sides of the gun debate during Sen. Christopher S. Murphy's filibuster Wednesday and early Thursday.

“Heard about @ChrisMurphyCT and his #filibuster and I feel like, for the first time in days, I am breathing,” Jared Frieder, a Los Angeles-based comedy writer, posted at 2:06 p.m., three hours after Murphy took the floor.

Democrats Call on House to Pass Gun Control Bill This Week
'No fly, no buy' legislation is just a start, they say

California Rep. Xavier Becerra calls for 'no-fly, no-buy' legislation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Democrats are calling on their Republican counterparts to allow a vote before they go home for the weekend on legislation that would ban people on the no-fly terror watch list from being able to buy guns.  

"This Congress should not leave this week without giving us a vote on something very simple: 'no fly, no buy,'" Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra of California said Wednesday morning.  

Nelson Wants FBI to Know if Terror Suspects Try to Buy Guns
Legislation would include suspects and others questioned in NICS database

Nelson said, "having a system in place that alerts the FBI if someone they once investigated is suddenly trying to purchase multiple assault weapons is just common sense." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson wants federal law enforcement to log terrorism investigations in a background check database.  

Echoing what he told reporters Monday after returning to the Capitol from the scene of the terrorist attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Nelson has now filed legislation that would include in the NICS database terror suspects and other individuals interviewed by the FBI in such cases.