In First Presidential Debate, U.S. Senators Collins and Heitkamp Identify Rare Area of Candidate Agreement: Both Candidates Support Bipartisan ‘No Fly, No Buy’ Legislation

No matter who is elected to serve as our next President, this vital issue is an area where we can work together to close the loophole that allows known and suspected terrorists to legally buy guns

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) released the following statement regarding both Presidential Candidates’ comments at the first debate in support of ‘No Fly, No Buy’ legislation:

“During last night’s presidential debate, millions of Americans watched as the two major party candidates repeatedly disagreed about our nation’s problems and the best ways to address them. Despite the large partisan divide, there was also a notable area of agreement between the candidates: if you are too dangerous to board a plane, you are too dangerous to buy a gun.

“This June, we introduced important bipartisan legislation based on this simple premise. Our compromise would make America safer by helping to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists, while protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.

“It’s clear that no matter who is elected to serve as our next President, this vital issue is an area where we can work together to close the loophole that allows known and suspected terrorists to legally buy guns.”