Bill Would Ban Gun Buys by Terror Suspects
Posted Apr 27, 2007 7:28 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
The U.S. Justice Department is seeking to close a loophole in federal law with a bill that would bar terrorism suspects on watch lists from buying guns, the New York Times reports.
Some on the watch lists don’t have any felony convictions or other disqualifiers that would bar their purchase of guns. A 2005 study by the Government Accountability Office found that in a nine-month period, federal authorities approved 47 of 58 gun applications from terrorism suspects because there was no valid reason to say no.