Buying Guns Is Legal for People on Federal Terror Watch Lists


If a background check reveals your name the national terror watch list, you’re still free to walk out of a gun dealership with a firearm in your hands as long as you don’t have a criminal or mental health record, NPR reports. The Government Accountability Office says that show between 2004 and 2010, people on terror watch lists tried to buy guns and explosives more than 1,400 times. They succeeded in more than 90 percent of those cases, or 1,321 times. “It’s absurd that we allow people to buy unlimited AK-47s, AR-15s and Uzis, even if we feel they are too dangerous to be allowed on a plane, even after they’ve gone through a security check,” said Jon Lowy of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. The terror watch “list” actually refers to several lists of names, including the “no fly” list. All the lists are secret and no one can control getting on or off them. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that’s why the lists shouldn’t determine whether someone should buy a gun. “I think anyone who’s on the terrorist watch list should not lose their Second Amendment right without the ability to challenge that determination,” said Graham, noting that the late Sen. Ted Kennedy showed up on the no-fly list in 2004 because a suspected terrorist was using the alias Edward Kennedy.

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