By Rebecca Leber on Apr 24, 2013 at 3:00 pm
A suspect on the FBI’s Terrorist Watch List may be considered too dangerous to fly on an airplane, but he or she can buy guns freely. There are only 11 times when the federal government can prevent a sale, and a suspicion of terrorism is not one of them. Meanwhile, laws governing many explosives are even laxer.
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was listed on one classified watch list several years ago. He managed to assemble a small arsenal including semi-automatic weapons, although he reportedly did not have the state-required permits. We do not yet know many details about how the brothers obtained the guns, including whether they were purchased in a lawful sale.
While both Democratic and Republican lawmakers have shown a willingness to close the terror gap since at least 2007, the National Rifle Association has fought repeatedly to preserve it. TheBush administration supported a bill giving officials discretion to block a suspected dangerous person from buying, and Republican Rep. Peter King (N.Y.) was a chief sponsor in the House of Representatives.
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