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U.S. Senate and Congress

If a suspected terrorist wanted to buy a gun in the United States they could. Current gun laws allow almost anyone the ability to purchase firearms, including people that the government may suspect to participate in terrorist activities. This is not only irresponsibly it's dangerous and it;'s time to close the "terror gap." we simply cannot allow there to be laws that allow terrorists to so easily get guns in America. Close the "terror gap" immediately.

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Progressive Impact

This petition closed over 2 years ago

How this will help

Here is an amazing primer on the "terror gap" form The Center For American Progress, it's excellent.

The problem:  
Suspected terrorists can easily buy guns 

Current federal law prohibits nine...

Here is an amazing primer on the "terror gap" form The Center For American Progress, it's excellent.

The problem:  
Suspected terrorists can easily buy guns 

Current federal law prohibits nine categories of dangerous people from purchasing or owning firearms. However, a significant gap allows suspected or known terrorists in the United States to legally buy guns. With the ever-present threat of lone-wolf and homegrown terrorists perpetrating attacks on American soil, it is important to close this gap in order to prevent known terror suspects from easily purchasing guns.  

  • Terrorist gun use is on the rise: A 2014 study conducted by Indiana State University found that prior to 9/11, bombs were the most common weapon for lone-wolf terrorists carrying out attacks on American soil, but since 2001, lone-wolf terrorists have increasingly turned to high-powered guns as their weapon of choice.

Terror suspects frequently attempt to buy guns: 

A Government Accountability Office, or GAO, investigation found that individuals on the consolidated terror watch list passed a background check and were legally able to purchase a firearm 2,043 times between February 2004 and December 2014.  

  • Individuals on the consolidated terror watch list attempted to purchase guns on 2,233 occasions during this period, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or FBI, was only able to stop 10 percent from buying guns due to another disqualifying conviction or record.
  • In 90 percent of cases, potential terrorists passed a background check and were able to legally purchase guns.

A growing concern for U.S. national security experts is the risk posed by Americans traveling abroad to train and fight alongside groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, and then returning to launch an attack in the United States. The U.S. intelligence and law enforcement communities are already facing significant challenges in combating this threat, which is amplified by the ability of lone-wolf terror suspects to legally purchase guns upon their return to the United States. 

Read the entire report from The Center For American Progress...

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