(CNSNews.com) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) claimed that the Democrats’ "no-fly, no-buy" bill, which would keep those on the government's terror watch list from buying guns, doesn’t have “anything to do with the Second Amendment.”
“I think it has everything to do with our oath of office to keep the American people safe,” she said during her weekly press briefing Thursday on Capitol Hill.
CNSNews.com asked Pelosi if curtailing the Second Amendment rights of Americans to “keep and bear arms” protects the nation from radical Islamic terrorism.
Pelosi would not give a “yes” or “no” answer, adding that “the Second Amendment is like every other amendment. It, as in the Heller decision from the Supreme Court, can be clarified,” she said.
Pelosi then compared it to the First Amendment, pointing out that despite the right to free speech, it “doesn’t enable you to cry fire in a theater or if you're in the press, to libel people. There are standards. And same thing with the Second Amendment. As the Supreme Court said in the Heller decision, affirming that the Second Amendment is a right to bear arms, but that actions can be taken in relation to it.”
Pelosi emphasized that terrorists should not be able to buy guns, pointing to her support of the “no-fly, no buy” legislation.
"And to say that if you think, if you're stating that if you can't buy, if you're on a terrorist fly list, your should be able to buy guns or else we're curtailing somebody else's right to bear arms, then I don't subscribe to that. And I don't think most people do.
“Eighty-seven percent of the American people say ‘pass no-fly, no-buy. Seventy -some percent of those are Republicans, 70-some of them are members of the NRA. I don’t think it has anything to do with the Second Amendment. I think it has everything to do with our oath of office to keep the American people safe.”
CNSNews asked Pelosi again if the right to keep and bear arms helps protects Americans from terrorism.
She replied: “I think what we saw in Orlando is a coming together of national security, homeland security and gun safety. And I don't see a relationship to unfettered, let people who are on a no-fly list buy a gun is in furtherance of the national security of our country."