Gun background checks exclude known terrorists
June 1, 2003: While nine out of 10 gun purchases were subject to instant FBI criminal checks to filter out convicted felons, fugitives and a handful of others, the State Department’s list of known foreign terrorists – used by airport security personnel and border patrols – was not included in the database used by dealers to check a buyer’s eligibility.
Even the names of suspected al-Qaida cell members in the U.S. would not show up in a background check by a gun store.
“As long as they have evaded detection by law enforcement authorities and are not identified as prohibited persons, they could purchase firearms from licensed dealers,” a report prepared by the Congressional Research Service said. “They could also purchase firearms at gun shows from either licensed or unlicensed persons.”