Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake announced Tuesday he is working on legislation restricting certain people from purchasing guns.
Flake took to Twitter to say he and Democratic New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich are teaming up to propose a bipartisan bill preventing anyone convicted of domestic violence from buying a gun.
Flake said the conviction would include both criminal and military courts.
Writing a bill w/ @MartinHeinrich to prevent anyone convicted of domestic violence – be it in criminal or military court – from buying a gun— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) November 7, 2017
Heinrich said the bill would close current "loopholes" and "keep guns out of the hands of those that want to do harm."
Glad to be working w/ @JeffFlake on bipartisan bill to close DoD/NICS loopholes to keep guns out of the hands of those that want to do harm.— Martin Heinrich (@MartinHeinrich) November 7, 2017
This comes just three days after a man walked into a Texas church and opened fire, killing at least 26 people, including children. The suspect served in the Air Force and was court-martialed in 2012 for assaulting his spouse and their child. He received a bad-conduct discharge and was confined for 12 months.
Donald Trump Jr. was quick to criticize the senators' proposal, sarcastically calling it "proactive."
Incredibly proactive considering that law has been on the books since the mid 90s. https://t.co/li2bSEW0LE— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 7, 2017
To which Flake responded that closing a domestic violence loophole was in fact proactive.
Earlier Tuesday, it was reported that the gunman escaped from a New Mexico mental health institution.