Speaker Ryan: 'We Do Not Take Away Citizens' Rights Without Due Process'

By Rachel Hoover | June 16, 2016 | 2:19pm EDT


House Speaker Paul Ryan (D-WI). (AP phtoo)

(CNSNews.com) – “We do not take away citizens’ rights without due process,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said at a press conference on Capitol Hill Thursday.

In the wake of Sunday's massacre at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Ryan was asked whether the name of an individual whose name has been taken off a terror watch list, or who has been investigated by the FBI like shooter Omar Mateen, should show up in a gun background check.

“I think that's a fair question. We need to dig into the bottom of this particular case and see if refinements on how they adjudicate these cases work, with respect to terror watch lists,” Ryan answered.

“We need to know more about what is it the FBI learned when they visited with him, why did they take him off the list. There's a lot that Congress has to do to to get to the bottom of this particular case to make sure that if any mistakes were made, that they're not to be repeated. That's point number one,” the Speaker stated.

“Point number two: We don't take away citizens' rights without due process,” Ryan continued.“Again, I'm gonna defend the Constitution here.

“We do not take away a citizen's rights without their due process. And so, if you had a quick idea in the heat of the moment that says, ‘Let's take away a person’s rights without their due process’, we're going to stand up and defend the Constitution,” said Ryan.

Ryan made the comments after the House Democratic leadership pushed for stricter gun control measures in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando. Mateen, who was killed by police, has been identified as the gunman who slaughtered 49 people and wounded 53 others early Sunday morning.

Mateen had been investigated by the FBI in 2013, but the preliminary 10-month investigation was closed, so he was able to legally purchase the guns he used in Sunday’s terror attack.

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