Legislative Action Center
Support S. 551
On February 24, 2015, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2015 (S. 551). The Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2015 would:
- Allow the attorney general to deny the purchase or transfer of a firearm or explosive to a known or suspected terrorist if there is a reasonable belief that the prospective recipient may use the firearm or explosive in connection with terrorism.
- Maintain protections in current law that allow a person who believes he/she has been mistakenly prevented from buying a firearm to learn of the reason for the denial, and then to challenge the denial, first administratively with the Department of Justice, and then through a lawsuit against the Justice Department.
- Allow the Justice Department, in any administrative or court proceeding challenging the accuracy of a denied firearm or explosive transfer under the bill, to protect information that, if disclosed, would compromise national security.
We ask that you contact your Senator and request that they support this important legislation. It is imperative that they hear directly from the law enforcement community about the need to institute safeguards to protect and strengthen our national security. ...
In January 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) set forth a new policy prohibiting federal adoptive forfeiture, or “adoptions,” of assets seized by state and local law enforcement agencies, with a limited public safety exception. Adoptions occur when a state or local law enforcement agency seizes property pursuant to state law and requests that a federal agency “adopt” or seize the assets under federal law. In return, federal authorities keep a portion of the proceeds and return a portion to the state and local law enforcement agencies for their work in making the seizure. ...
- Federal support for state, local, and tribal law enforcement assistance programs is essential. We urge you to contact your Senators and Representatives and request that they fully funding programs of importance to law enforcement, such as the COPS hiring program, the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program, Title II of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program....