NRA Ordered GOP To Allow Gun Sales To People On Terror Watch List. They Did.

The NRA issued an order to Republicans to vote against an amendment that would have prevented people placed on the terrorism watch list from buying guns. And Senate Republicans did what they were told.

In the wake of the San Bernardino shooting, Democrats in the Senate decided to offer a bill that would prevent people who are listed from purchasing a gun. Senator Harry Reid, the Minority Leader, announced the plan in a tweet:

A few hours later, the NRA – led by executive vice president Wayne LaPierre –  issued an alert to its members and followers to oppose the bill. It was an unambiguous message, ordering opposition to “any and all gun control” proposals.

Senate Republicans, who receive millions in NRA donations, did just as they were ordered to when the bill came up on the floor.

Senate Democrats forced a vote Thursday on language which would give the U.S. Attorney General to deny the transfer of firearms or the issuance of firearms and explosives licenses to suspected terrorists if it is reasonably believed those individuals may use firearms or explosives in connection with an act of terrorism. The amendments were offered as part of the Republican budget bill intended to repeal portions of Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood. The amendments failed to advance because it did not get the 60 votes needed.

The issue of guns getting into the hands of people on the watch list isn’t an academic exercise. FBI data shows that background checks for gun purchases have triggered with names on the list.

Overall, since the FBI started checking against terrorist watchlist records in February 2004, data show that individuals on the terrorist watchlist were involved in firearm or explosives background checks 2,233 times, of which 2,043 (about 91%) of the transactions were allowed to proceed and 190 were denied.

This does not even account for the other loopholes in gun laws that would allow terrorists to obtain weapons that could be used for shootings similar to San Bernardino and Sandy Hook.

The gun show loophole allows unlicensed dealers to sell massive amounts of guns in private sales without forcing a background check. An Al Qaeda video encouraged followers to exploit these lax policies in order to complete jihadist attacks on Americans.  As with the terror watch list, the NRA has opposed legislation to close these loopholes.

The NRA so far has gotten just what it wants.

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