Should “No Fly List” Mean No Guns?
HandelontheLaw.com Staff Writer
After the 9/11 attacks, the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) began a “No Fly List” of individuals who are not allowed to board commercial airlines to fly in or out of the United States. The current list has tens of thousands of individuals and is searchable here: http://www.no-fly-list.com/
Though the “No Fly List” is not “The Terrorist Watch List,” it is a type of watch list connected to national security. While the tens of thousands of individuals on the “No Fly List” are not allowed to board commercial airlines, they are allowed to purchase guns in the United States.
Every year for the past 8 years, there has been an effort to ban people on the “No Fly List” from purchasing guns in the United States, the latest being introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D – Calif.) in November 2015 after the Parisian terrorist attacks. As happened to all other attempts to ban “No Fly Listers” from purchasing guns, this amendment was blocked by Congressional Republicans.
In the wake of 355 reported mass shootings in the 326 days of 2015, President Obama spoke on December 5, 2015, criticizing Congress’ inability or unwillingness to keep people on the “No Fly List” from purchasing guns, stating, “If you’re too dangerous to board a plane, you’re too dangerous, by definition, to buy a gun. And so I’m calling on Congress to close this loophole, now.”
Congress’ cooperation is unlikely. Those supporting the ability to purchase guns, whether or not the buyer is on the “No Fly List,” claim that this is a matter of the 14th Amendment’s right to Due process. However, those supporting a ban on these gun sales maintain that this is purely a question of money: that those who will not ban these gun purchases are bought and paid for by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and other pro-gun rights forces. In fact, the NRA specifically defends the right of people on the “No Fly List” to buy guns in this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrSzaSP0nBw
By Kathy Catanzarite
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