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Sen. Manchin: Even terrorists are ready to take advantage of U.S. gun laws

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Sen. Joe Manchin says America’s gun laws are so lax that at least one known terrorist is ready and willing to take advantage of them.

Mr. Manchin, West Virginia Democrat who is trying to push a bipartisan gun-control measure in the Senate, pointed to a picture of Adam Gadahn — an American-turned-al Qaeda operative — on Wednesday from the chamber floor.

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“Our gun laws are so outdated and so out of whack, that even this person, who wants to damage and harm to every American — even this person — has figured out how to exploit them to arm themselves and people like him in our country,” Mr. Manchin said.

Mr. Manchin is one of the co-sponsors of a measure to expand gun-purchase background checks to sales online and at gun shows, although he indicated that proponents do not have the votes to pass it Wednesday.

Quoting Mr. Gadahn, the senator said, “‘America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms … so what are you waiting for?’”

“Well, I’m not waiting,” Mr. Manchin said. “I’m not waiting for him to get his hands on the guns.”

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