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NRA Says Don’t Ban Gun Sales to Suspected Terrorists

By Squidny     May 4, 2007 in Politics
No, you didn’t misread the title. The National Rifle Association (NRA) is pushing for the Bush Administration to not support a bill that would stop terrorist suspects from purchasing firearms.
"As many of our friends in law enforcement have rightly pointed out, the word 'suspect' has no legal meaning, particularly when it comes to denying constitutional liberties.”The above was a statement that was issued by Chris Cox, who is the executive director for the NRA. It would seem that when it comes to down to the safety of the public and the second amendment rights of possible suspects the latter trumps the former.
With current gun laws, a gun dealer is required to conduct a criminal background investigation. Some of the criteria that will cause a prospective gun purchaser to be turned down are: felony conviction(s), illegal immigration issues, and a history of domestic abuse. As it stands now, being on a terror watch list does not prohibit one from purchasing a firearm.
Paul Helmke, who is president of the "Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence," and supports the bill which was drafted by a Senator named Frank Lautenberg and would not allow suspected terrorists to buy a gun, had this to say:
"When I tell people that you can be on a terrorist watch list and still be allowed to buy as many guns as you want, they are shocked.”After the Virginia Tech massacre, those in Congress have been considering a host of measures to fortify current gun laws. Of course, the National Rifle Association usually opposes such legislation.
Incidentally, the Government Accountability Office performed a study in 2005 and found that “35 of 44 firearm purchase attempts over a five-month period made by known or suspected terrorists were approved by the federal law enforcement officials.”
What do you think? Should being on a terror watch list prohibit you from purchasing a firearm?
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