FBI: 247 people on terror watch list bought guns in U.S. in 2010.

More than 200 people suspected of ties to terrorism bought…

More than 200 people suspected of ties to terrorism bought guns in the U.S. last year legally, FBI figures show.

The 247 people who were allowed to buy weapons did so after going through required background checks as required by federal law.

It is not illegal for people listed on the government’s terror watch list to buy weapons. For years, that has bothered Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., who is trying again to change the law to keep weapons out of the hands of terrorists.

The secret, fluid nature of the terror watch list has made closing what Lautenberg calls a “terror gap” in the nation’s gun laws a challenge. About the same number of people suspected of ties to terrorism also successfully purchased guns in the U.S. in 2009. The FBI provided the new numbers to the Government Accountability Office, Congress’ investigative arm, and the figures were obtained by The Associated Press.

Source: The Associated Press via Fox News.

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  • Thanks..(we need a built in spell ck on this page). Ironically, the FBI..runs the instant background ck system…so these legal gun buyers were vetted and found without a criminal background by the FBI ck even though…their names are being kept on an FBI Terrorist Watch List? I have a zero tolerance for terrorists and for those who want to subvert the US Constitution.

  • Jeff

    I agree with the good Colonel.

    Even before the Government tries to do something it isn’t allowed to, shouldn’t we atleast ask why as many people on a watch list are buying guns. One thing is certain they aren’t acting paranoid, because the government apparently is out to get them; otherwise why is the government scutinizing the legal purchase made by a presumably innocent group of people?

    I’m all for security in this terrorized world we live in, but has anyone else noticed the vast majority of terrorist attempts haven’t been stopped by government lists but common citizen who report the strange activity.

  • SO…do we become a POLICE STATE where Government Police AGENCIES can without due process put your name on a list and then DENY YOU YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS? I THINK NOT….LAUTENBERG NEEDS TO SLEEP SILENTLY INTO THE NIGHT. THIS OLD CROOK TOOK ANOTHER CROOKS SENATE SEAT YES BOB THE TORCH TORCELLI…WHEN HE WAS CAUGHT TAKING BRIBES. LAUTENBERG HAS NO PROBLEM WITH STEALING YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS…HE HAS FOCUSED ON ARBITRATILY DENYING VETERAN THEIR GUN RIGHTS, THIS IS OLD NEWS…