Ron DeSantis on Sunday urged stronger security “precautions” for foreign nationals training on U.S. military bases after a Saudi gunman shot and killed three people at the Pensacola naval base Friday, in an attack believed to be an act of terror.
DeSantis delivered the remarks during a Sunday news conference, calling for more substantial security vetting of foreign nationals before they head to the U.S. for training.
Asked how Alshamrani, a foreign national, was able to purchase a firearm, DeSantis, a Second Amendment supporter, accused the suspect of taking advantage of a federal loophole.
DeSantis pressed for more questioning into how the Saudi military and government vetted people who may have harbored radical worldviews.
More than 850 Saudis are in the United States for various training activities, among the thousands of foreign students from 153 countries in the U.S. going through military training, officials said.