Should Those on No-Fly List Be Allowed to Buy Guns?

What is the significance of having your name appear on the No-Fly List? The list, since 9/11, has been associated with terrorists, particularly those that could be related to Al-Qaeda or the 9/11 highjackers. Nevertheless, a few mistakes for names on the list have happened since its creation, including the names of dead highjackers, political figures, and Boy Scouts added, according to a 60 Minutes story.

The Patriot Post did an article recently regarding the purchase of firearms and explosives by names on the No-Fly List. Any purchase of a firearm or explosives involves an NCIS background check, and the information that comes back reveals if someone is on the No-Fly List. The purchase of firearms and explosives, however, isn’t dependent on being on the No-Fly List; rather, being on such a list simply prohibits an individual from getting on an airplane or, in many cases, going through an extensive check at the airport before boarding.

Instead, an individual will be barred from purchasing firearms if he or she has criminal charges – recent past or several years ago. If an individual has committed a felony, immigration violation, or similar charge, he or she won’t be able to purchase a firearm. Being on the No-Fly List, however, is not considered a crime.

In a sense, this issue, in spite of the tone of the Patriot article, is much like the loop hole concerning background checks for gun shows. While this issue has not been resolved yet in many states, gun shows have been an opportunity for those with criminal records to purchase a firearm. If those like the author of the Patriot article want the No-Fly List to be taken seriously and not, instead, like a list of names of individuals who maybe-or-maybe-not shouldn’t fly, the List needs to refine itself to terrorists only. Once this happens, perhaps, then, the information from it can be placed on the same degree as a felony conviction when a firearm is purchased.