WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the U.S. Senate’s failure to help protect Americans from gun violence by voting for commonsense gun safety measures, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown released the following statement:

“We cannot look people in the eye and say we are doing what it takes to keep Americans safe from homegrown terror unless we are finally willing to pass commonsense laws to keep weapons of war out of the hands of terrorists and violent criminals.

“It is commonsense that if the FBI decides someone is too dangerous to get on an airplane, they are too dangerous to buy an assault rifle. And dangerous criminals shouldn’t be able to avoid background checks that could save lives simply because they buy their guns online rather than at a local gun store. It’s past time that we close these dangerous loopholes.

“It’s not only the 49 lives lost in Orlando we have to answer for – it’s the more than 1,000 Americans who have died in mass shootings since Sandy Hook - it’s the thousands and thousands of sons and daughters, moms and dads, brothers and sisters, who have been killed by guns on the streets of cities across Ohio and America. It’s past time to act.”

The Senate blocked a Brown-cosponsored proposal to ban individuals who represent a threat to public safety or for whom the government has a reasonable suspicion that they have been engaged in terrorist activity from buying guns, and a proposal to require every person purchasing a firearm to undergo a background check – whether the sale was made in-store, online, or at a gun show.