Insane: Almost 250 on Terrorist Watch List Bought Guns

While we're busy racially profiling at airports, it looks like we're letting potential terrorists get guns fairly easily. Thanks, NRA!

Here's CNN: 

When people on the government's terrorist watch list have tried to buy guns or explosives in recent years, the government has let them the vast majority of the time.


That's the finding of a new report by the Government Accountability Office, sent to lawmakers last month and released publicly Monday.

From February 2004 to February 2009, 963 background checks using the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System "resulted in valid matches with terrorist watch list records; of these matches, approximately 90 percent were allowed to proceed because the checks revealed no prohibiting information," the GAO report says. About 10 percent were denied.


To be fair, the NRA is actually right that many civil liberties groups have indeed found that the "watch list" is outdated and likely contains quite a few names of people who are in no way threats to our national security.

Still, this loophole and the figures above certainly point to the need for substantial reforms in both the gun control and counterterrorism arenas, don't they?

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at April 28, 2011, 6:41am