- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Rep. David Jolly, Florida Republican, said Wednesday he walked out of a classified briefing on the Orlando terrorist attack once a question-and-answer portion turned to the issue of gun control.

“From the left, the questions quickly turned to gun control and, frankly, a colleague who earlier in the day had accused Republicans of being complicit in the shooting stood up and was prepared to ask a question,” Mr. Jolly said in an interview that aired Wednesday on Fox News.

“I’ve heard that narrative before. Those aren’t the voices I seek counsel from, and so I chose not to stay in the room,” Mr. Jolly said.

He said the country should be unified in recognizing the loss that occurred in Orlando and demanding solutions.

In the wake of the Orlando attack, Democrats are once again pushing legislation to ban terror suspects from being able to acquire weapons. The shooter, Omar Mateen, had been flagged multiple times by the FBI but had been removed from a watch list.

Mr. Jolly said if someone is on a watch list, that person shouldn’t be able to buy a gun, but that the current list is flawed and there needs to be due process.

“The answers to this no-fly list, no-buy question, are not on the left, that continues to abandon the Second Amendment, and, frankly, due process, and it’s not in the inaction on the right,” he said.

Mr. Jolly is currently running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Marco Rubio.

Mr. Rubio has said he would not seek re-election, but is facing pressure from some Republicans to reconsider.

Mr. Jolly said he plans to make an announcement Friday about “my future intentions in Congress” and that he would support Mr. Rubio if the senator gets in the race.

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