Terrorists allowed to buy guns and explosives in the US – Huh? WTF?

Anyone who wants to purchase a firearm in the US must go through a law enforcement background check which involves the FBI’s extensive criminal database. There are a number of reasons why you could be denied. For example, if you have a court order of protection against you – because of a nasty divorce proceeding, you will not be allowed to purchase a firearm. If you have ever had treatment for a mental or psychological disorder, sorry – no guns for you. Of course, past criminal offenses will also disqualify a firearm purchase. I don’t know what the criteria for explosives purchases are but I would have to assume they are the same or very similar. According to this story (from Townhall.com) however, being a known or suspected terrorist will not prevent you from purchasing a firearm or explosives. Huh? WTF?

From March 2009 through February 2010, according to prepared congressional testimony from Eileen Larence, the Government Accountability Office’s director of homeland security and justice issues, 272 NICS background checks turned up individuals on the terrorist watch list. All but one was for a firearms purchase. The other was for explosives.

“One of the 272 transactions involved an explosives background check, which was allowed to proceed because the check revealed no disqualifying factors under the Safe Explosives Act,” Larence testified.

Of the 271 firearms-background checks that revealed the prospective gun purchaser was on the terrorist watch list, only 22 resulted in the would-be purchaser being denied a gun. The other 249 transactions were allowed to proceed.

Some of the watch-listed terrorists allowed to buy guns were on the no-fly list. “According to FBI officials, several of the 272 background checks resulted in matches to watch list records that — in addition to being in the FBI’s Known or Suspected Terrorist File — were on the Transportation Security Administration’s no-fly list,” Larence testified. “In general, persons on the no-fly list are deemed to be a threat to civil aviation or national security and therefore should be precluded from boarding an aircraft. According to FBI officials, all of these transactions were allowed to proceed because the background checks revealed no prohibiting information under current law.”

According to Larence’s testimony, presented to the Senate Homeland Security Committee in May, in the six years from February 2004 through February 2010, 650 separate individuals on the terrorist watch list went through NICS background checks because they were trying to purchase guns or secure a license for explosives. Because some made multiple transactions, the total number of attempted gun or explosives transactions involving watch-listed terrorists who underwent FBI NICS checks during the period was 1,228.

Ninety-one percent of these transactions — 1,119 — were approved.

I say again – Huh? WTF? Let me get this straight. A law abiding citizen, whose nutball spouse has convinced a judge to issue a court order of protection against, is not allowed to purchase a firearm. But a f**king known or suspected terrorist can? Explosives too? Somehow I think that there is something upside down with this.



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