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Kildee calls for legislation to keep weapons from people on Terror Watch List

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Congressman Dan Kildee made an immediate call for action to keep suspected terrorists from legally obtaining firearms.

Kildee's remarks were made at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday in regards to Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando.

He made a call for Speaker Paul Ryan to take up a bill that would deny firearms and explosives to dangerous terrorists. The bill was introduced by Republican Peter Kind of NY.

If passed, the bill would prevent anyone on the FBI Terror Watch List from legally obtaining a weapon.

Kildee pushed for a vote on the bill in December 2015.

“I am horrified by the brutal act of terror and hate that killed 49 people, including Tevin Crosby, a 25-year-old man from my district, and wounded many more,” Kildee said. “My heart aches for the victims, their families and the Orlando community. As our country works to heal from the deadliest mass shooting in our history, Congress must do its job and focus on strong, smart national security that keeps our country safe."

Kildee said the mass shooter in Orlando used to be on the terror watch list and was able to purchase three weapons legally.

Over the last 11 years, more than 2,000 suspects on the watch list have tried to buy guns in the U.S. Of those, 91 percent succeeded, according to statistics provided by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

The mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando kill 49 people. Among those was Tevin Crosby, 25. Crosby was a business owner in Saginaw Township.

The shooting has been called the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

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