Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Cops and Terrorists

A Government Accounting Office (GAO) report finds that 35 of 44 suspects on the FBI terror watch list, identified during routine background checks, were able to buy guns in a five month period last year. Federal law did not allow the FBI from taking any action preventing these gun purchases. The New York Times reported that, “Of these people on terror lists trying to buy guns, the report said 35 sales were allowed to go ahead because the background checks found no disqualifying information.”
Federal law mandates that records of the background checks be destroyed in 24 hours, with no exceptions, even for individuals on the FBI’s terror watch list.
You can read or download the report here.

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