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Rounds: 'No one in Congress wants terrorists to have guns'

Sen. Mike Rounds is reviewing a proposal from a fellow Republican senator to ban gun sales to people on the no-fly and selectee lists, but he had not decided whether he would support the plan as of 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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Sen. Mike Rounds is reviewing a proposal from a fellow Republican senator to ban gun sales to people on the no-fly and selectee lists, but he had not decided whether he would support the plan as of 4 p.m. Tuesday.

"No one in Congress wants terrorists to have guns," said Rounds. "We are working in the Senate to find a solution that prevents terrorists from accessing firearms and other dangerous weapons while continuing to protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens."

On Tuesday, Sen. Susan Collins, of Maine, pitched a bipartisan plan that would bar the sale of guns to people on two FBI watch lists. People on the no-fly list are barred from boarding an airplane, and those on the selectee list receive extra screening before boarding a plane. Omar Mateen, who recently killed dozens in Orlando, was temporarily on the selectee list.

Rounds and Sen. John Thune voted along party lines in four failed measures relating to gun control Monday, supporting a plan to delay the transfer of a weapon for up to three days to a known or suspected terrorist and a plan to increase funding for the background check system.

The two Republican senators from South Dakota voted against a plan to expand the requirement for background checks at gun shows and for many private gun sales, as well as a plan to ban gun sales to suspected terrorists.

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With the latest measure formally proposed by Collins and several other senators Tuesday afternoon, Rounds is considering his options.

"I will consider legislation that would actually prevent dangerous terrorists from inflicting harm without taking away the constitutional rights of our citizens," Rounds said. "Further, we know that the tragedy is Orlando was inspired by ISIS. Recognizing that we are at war with jihadists, we must work to clearly define a plan to defeat ISIS and other Islamic extremist groups that spread violence and seek to kill Americans.

A spokesperson for Thune said the senator is still reviewing Collins' proposal.

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