WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The FBI stated that the man responsible for the deadly shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on Sunday was placed on a terrorism watch list from 2013 to 2014.
"If a background check is conducted for a prospective gun buyer who is, or has been investigated for potential ties to terrorism, Nelson’s bill would require that the NICS [National Instant Criminal Background Check System] automatically notify the appropriate division of the FBI," the release stated.
The legislation now heads to the US Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration.
On Sunday, 29-year old Omar Mateen killed 49 people and injuring at least 53 others in the nightclub shooting. Police killed him when they stormed the club. Mateen legally purchased a handgun and a Sig Sauer MCX rifle from a gunshop on June 4 and June 5.