Under current federal law, the FBI has no authority to block the sale of firearms or explosives to individuals on the terrorist watch list.

This “Terror Gap” means the federal government can’t stop gun sales to the same people it thinks are too dangerous to get on an airplane.

According to the Government Accountability Office, people on the terrorist watch list have passed background checks and purchased guns 1,119 times over the past 6 years. And on multiple occasions, terror suspects have even passed background checks and managed to buy explosives.

Terrorists repeatedly attack Americans here at home. Failing to stop terrorists from getting guns has cost American lives. Terror suspects have already gunned down Americans in attacks within our own borders, and put U.S. troops in harm’s way where they should be safest — on their bases, near their homes and with their families.

FORT HOOD, November 5, 2009

Major Nidal Hasan allegedly shot 43 people at Fort Hood — 13 were killed and 30 were wounded. Hasan was able to buy a handgun even though he was under investigation by the FBI for links to terrorism. FBI agents investigating Hasan were never informed that he was trying to purchase a weapon.


Daniel Patrick Boyd and six other suspects were arrested for conspiring to murder U.S. military personnel at the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia. Boyd, who was under investigation by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, amassed an arsenal of assault rifles and traveled to the Middle East to meet with militants and plan attacks.


Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad allegedly attacked a military recruiting station in Little Rock, Arkansas, shooting one private to death and wounding another. Mohammad was under FBI investigation as a terror suspect at the time of the shooting.

FORT DIX, 2007

Six terror suspects were caught training with various firearms and plotting to attack Fort Dix. When they attempted to buy additional firearms such as M-16s, AK-47s, and handguns from a government informant, law enforcement officials were able to arrest the terror suspects before they could strike. One of the six terror suspects pleaded guilty to providing firearms to illegal aliens and the other five suspects were convicted of conspiracy to kill U.S. military personnel.

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