People on the terrorist watch list can’t fly on airplanes, but they can still buy guns and explosives?!?
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.
“Under current law, there is no basis to automatically prohibit a person from possessing firearms or explosives because they appear on the terrorist watch list,” wrote the GAO’s director of homeland security and justice issues, Eileen R. Larence.
“Rather, there must be a disqualifying factor (i.e., prohibiting information) pursuant to federal or state law, such as a felony conviction or illegal immigration status.”
Does this seem stupid to anyone other than me? Granted a lot of folks are on the TWL that shouldn’t be, but what’s the point of not letting them fly if you’re going to let them buy guns and explosives?