People on National Terror List legally buying guns

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A senator from New Jersey is hoping to close what he calls a major loophole in gun control legislation.

Individuals listed on the National Terror Watch List can legally buy a gun here in the U.S., and as long as a person does not have a criminal or mental health record, they are free to walk out of a gun dealership with a firearm in hand.

These same individuals would not be allowed on a plane in the U.S.

Former White House counter terrorism official Michael James Barton says it all comes down to your constitutional rights, which protect the right to bear arms, but not the right to use public transportation.

Barton also says a lot of innocent people end up on the National Terror List, like business associates, landlords and roommates of suspected terrorists.

Gun rights supporters say they don't have a problem with the loophole, arguing even if we prevent someone on the National Terror List from buying a gun legally, they'll get one from an illegitimate source, where tracking the firearm back to its owner will be nearly impossible.

Legislation to change this policy was filed as an amendment to the gun control bill last week, but the momentum stopped in the Senate after every major gun control proposal failed.

Between 2004 and 2010, people on the National Terror List tried to buy guns and explosives more than 1,400 times. They succeeded in 90 percent of those cases, according to the Government Accountability Office.

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