N.Y. mayor decries ‘terror gap’ in U.S. gun laws.

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg told a Senate panel…

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg told a Senate panel Wednesday that he strongly supports congressional efforts to close a “terror gap” in the nation’s gun laws, which currently allow persons on a federal terrorist watch list to buy guns and explosives legally in the United States.

Testifying before the Senate Homeland Security Committee in the wake of the latest alleged terrorist plot against his city, Bloomberg (I) pointed to a new Government Accountability Office report showing that individuals on the terrorist watch list were able to buy firearms and explosives from licensed U.S. dealers 1,119 times over the past six years.

“That is a serious and dangerous breach of national security,” Bloomberg testified. The FBI should have the authority to block such sales, “but right now, they don’t,” he said. “It is time to close this ‘terror gap’ in our gun laws.”

Also testifying at the hearing, which was scheduled long before Saturday night’s attempted car bombing in Times Square, were New York Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) and senior officials from the FBI, GAO and the Los Angeles Police Department.

According to the GAO report released Wednesday, FBI data show that individuals on the government’s terrorist watch list were involved in firearms or explosives background checks 1,228 times from February 2004 through February 2010. Of those transactions, 1,119, or about 91 percent, “were allowed to proceed because no prohibiting information was found — such as felony convictions, illegal immigrant status, or other disqualifying factors,” the GAO’s Eileen R. Larence said in prepared testimony.

Source and more information: William Branigin The Washington Post.

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  • Blame Bush!!! It works for everyone… 🙂

  • John

    Isn’t this the same list that we have been making fun of since its inception? The secret list that is over a million deep? The one that often has toddlers on it? Secret watch lists? Sounds like a tool for fascist despots. This is textbook terrorism. Trouble is, it’s the government doing the terrorizing.

  • if the US would pay close attn. to who they let in the country,we would not be subjected to hipicrits like bloomburg using that as the reason to steal the civil rights of all americans!!
    i think newyork should adopt laws like arizona on imagration and enforce them to the fullist extent of the law……that will help fix the problem
    the b.s. stops when the hammer drops

  • More guns less crime. More Bloomberg more Islamic Fascist Bombs in NYC. Bloomberg is a tyrant….soon the SCOTUS will order Chicago to obey the 2ND Amendment. We will not be diarmed. We the People are soverign….Bloomberg and the rest of these clowns are our servants.

  • I agree with Higgins. If this is made into law it will not be long before all of us gun owners will be on the terror list. Many of us already are in all probability. Our Constitution should be the final word, not some pussy judge or elitist politician.

  • its obvious what the endgame is here, they are trying to find a runaround for the 2nd amendment, to deprive Americans from the ability to defend ourselves. The gig is up Mr. Bloomberg, you can come out from behind the curtain. We know what treasonous scum you are..

  • Higgins

    If they have no convictions, or other disqualifying factors, then there is no reason to prevent their purchase. Anyone can be placed on a watch list, for a number of reasons including making eye contact with a person already on that watch list. It’s a WATCH LIST not a Conviction list.