Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo was joined a bipartisan group of U.S. House members Friday as he filed gun-control legislation in the wake of the massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
The bill would prohibit gun sales to people listed on the government's terrorist-watch no-fly list. A similar law has been pushed in the Senate by Republican Susan Collins of Maine, but it has failed to garner the necessary super-majority support in that chamber.
Critics such as Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio have opposed so-called "no-fly, no-buy" legislation because they say the no-fly lists are riddled with errors. The Curbelo bill would create a process for U.S. citizens and permanent residents to appeal a gun-purchase denial.
"We must protect Americans from the ever increasing threat of terrorism and violent acts of hatred here at home while we fight radical jihadists overseas," Curbelo said in a statement. "After the horrific massacre in Orlando, and countless other mass shootings across the country, the American people want answers. Congress must act, at the very least, to ensure individuals on the No-Fly list and 'selectee' list cannot purchase a firearm."
Curbelo got co-sponsorships for the bill along with Republican Reps. Peter King of New York, Bob Dold of Illinois and Scott Rigell of Virginia, and Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts.
One of the Miami Democrats vying to challenge Curbelo, former Rep. Joe Garcia, slammed Curbelo for filing the legislation after saying gun laws didn't "make sense" after the Orlando mass shooting and that gun control wouldn't stop future terrorist attacks.
"Had he supported this and other measures, like universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons, things might be different today," Garcia's campaign said in a statement that also noted the House has no plans to vote on gun-control bills.
A previous version of this post and its headline incorrectly stated that Curbelo co-sponsored, rather than filed, the legislation. The post has also been updated to include Garcia's statement.