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Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Report: Gun Control and Terrorism

On Tuesday, March 8, 2005, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report entitled Gun Control and Terrorism.

During the period February 3 - June 30, 2004, a total of 44 firearms-related background checks handled by the FBI and applicable state agencies resulted in valid matches with terrorist watch list records. Out of the 44 checks, 35 transactions were allowed to proceed because the background checks found no prohibiting information such as felony convictions, illegal immigrant status, and other disqualifiers.

In other words, our existing gun control and regulation laws allow persons on terrorist watch lists to buy guns in the United States unless they have one or more of the same disqualifiers that makes it illegal for any citizen to buy a weapon. Being on a terrorist watchlist is not a disqualifier by itself.


Blogger tsykoduk said...

I guess that my question would be 44 out of how many legit transactions? To just give the total bad things is only half the story. :)

5:34 PM, March 09, 2005  

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