The “terror gap”: terror suspects legally permitted to buy guns

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Francis Clines, “The Terror Loophole”:

The law that requires background checks on gun buyers is full of loopholes, some big and some small, but the most egregious loophole of all may be the fact that people on the F.B.I.’s terrorist watch list are legally entitled to buy firearms and explosives. And they have been doing so at an alarming rate. Between February 2004 and December 2010, individuals whose names turned up on the list were cleared to purchase firearms or explosives a total of 1,321 times, according to the General Accounting Office.

Who could possibly be against stopping this? Oh right, the NRA:

[A proposed measure] would give the Attorney General authority to stop a firearm or explosive sale when a background check reveals the buyer is a known or suspected terrorist who the Attorney General reasonably believes may be planning mayhem. The National Rifle Association opposed the measure in the past because the terrorist watch list has been shown to contain errors.

That’s right – we have to let terrorists buy guns so that the small percentage of people who might not be terrorists can bear arms to their heart’s content.

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